HA NOI — Electrical short-circuits were the main cause of vehicle fires over the past two years, a public meeting was told yesterday morning.
|A car that caught fire on Nguyen Trai Street in Quang Tri Province's Dong Ha Town. Electrical short-circuits are said to be the main cause of vehicle fires. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
Other causes were technical problems, negligence, traffic accidents and arson.
The meeting was called by the ministries of Public Security, Transport, Science and Technology and Industry and Trade to officially announce the results of investigations into the fires.
The Ministry of Public Security's statistics revealed at the meeting showed that causes were found for about 65 per cent of the 324 car and motorbike fires reported in the past two years. Causes of the rest were unknown.
Electrical short-circuits caused 30 per cent of the fire cases while technical problems 15 per cent, negligence 10 per cent, and accidents and arson 5 per cent each, the report said.
According to Deputy Director of the Department of Standards, Metrology and Quality Tran Van Vinh, it was a myth to say that inferior quality petrol was a major cause of vehicle fires.
Vinh said petrol samples from burnt-out vehicles had been analysed but "there was not enough evidence to put the blame on petrol quality."
However, Hoang Manh Hung from the Viet Nam Unions of Science and Technique Associations proposed more researches to be carried out to set up a better standard of permissible content for petrol additives.
In the first quarter of this year, 115 vehicle fires were reported. — VNS