Updated  
January, 10 2014 08:52:00

Road accident statistics see successive decline

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praises the transport sector's efforts to fulfill all the tasks set for last year.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — The number of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries has decreased for the second year in a row, the Ministry of Transport reported at a conference yesterday.

At the review conference that was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the ministry noted that traffic accident fatalities had reduced to below 10,000 in 2012 and 2013 after having exceeded this number for the previous 10 years.

In 2013, the ministry said it had carried out needed amendments and improvements to the legal framework governing the transport sector.

It has "aggressively" carried out infrastructure development works while ensuring investment was distributed evenly and properly among different projects, the ministry said.

For the coming year, it hopes to achieve 100 per cent disbursement of allocated capital, it said.

It also targets a transportation growth rate of 6 per cent for the volume of goods and 7 per cent for passengers.

The Ministry said it will expedite the upgrade and extension of National Highway 1 and a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway that runs through the Central Highlands.

VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat

It will also ensure speedy implementation of other key projects while ensuring quality expectations are met, it added.

Prime Minister Dung praised the transport sector's efforts to fulfill all the tasks set for last year.

He said greater focus was needed on developing rural transport as part of efforts to implement a resolution passed by the Party Central Committee on the development of agriculture and rural areas and improving the living standards of farmers.

The PM called for greater efforts to control traffic and minimise accidents. Inspections must be strengthened to prevent traffic violations including the overloading of vehicles, he said.

He suggested that the ministry further the work of restructuring its State-owned enterprises, ensuring that they divest from non-core areas.

PM Dung also called for increased investment in infrastructure towards improving the quality of key national roads as well as marine, air and rail routes. — VNS

COMMENTS
Charlie White - cwhite939@gmail.com   Charlie White
January, 10 2014 16:14:17
Dear Sir / Madam I certainly wouldn't praise the authorities for their efforts in reducing the road tool. Vietnam traffic is world infamous. I have been saying for the last ten years that a policy of zero tollerance was called for.
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