HA NOI — The sixth session of the National Assembly Standing Committee closed yesterday after nine days of discussions, including debates to amend the 1992 Constitution.
The committee also made suggestions for seven draft or revised laws, including those on tobacco; money laundering; higher education and deposit insurance.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the committee had introduced live broadcasts of question and answer sessions involving the health and home affairs ministers.
People from across the country were able to supervise the discussions, helping to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the NA, and increase the public's trust in the NA and the Government, he said.
During the session, the committee also discussed a project to reform and improve National Assembly activities and decided the contents and schedule for the third NA session in May. It also approved a plan for State Bond distribution in 2012 and allocated human resources for the National Target Programme and associated projects.
Meanwhile, the Ha Noi People's Committee has asked the National Assembly (NA) to complete a law on administrative punishments for a number of traffic violations as well as seek legal measures for confiscated vehicles.
During a meeting with the NA's Law Committee delegation to review the administrative violations of traffic regulations in the capital city yesterday, deputies from Ha Noi urged the NA committee to revise Decree 34 for stronger punishment on illegal littering.
They said that the fine of VND 2 million (US$95) for the violation was too light while catching the violators was very difficult.
Deputies also suggested that relevant authorities confiscate the number plates of violating cars, use the budget from administrative fines in five years for infrastructure development and equipment purchase as well as enhance the bonus for traffic policemen. They asked for detailed instructions in punishing the illegal homemade three-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles.
Addressing the Ha Noi deputies, Deputy Chairman of the NA's Law Committee Tran Dinh Long said that administrative punishments played an important role in reducing traffic accidents and congestion. Long added that his committee would take all suggestions from the deputies and report to the National Assembly for adjustments.
In the first two months of 2012, 64 traffic accidents resulted in 60 killed and 16 injured. Figures were reported to have reduced by 43.8 per cent in terms of accidents, 42.8 per cent in deaths and 30.4 per cent in injuries over the same period last year. — VNS