HA NOI - The Vietnam Road Administration is urging passenger transport companies to complete the installation of global positioning systems (GPS) or black boxes for their vehicles by the end of this month due to a large number of 4,500 accidents across the country in the first five months of the year, according to the administration's report.
Accordingly, buses, tourist cars and trucks won't be given licenses if they don't have black boxes installed.
The report also said that only about 15 per cent of total vehicles were installed with quality black boxes, devices which could improve travel safety.
The report added that many enterprises and co-operatives installed the black boxes just for dealing with authorities, not for traffic safety.
"Owners of private travelling cars install the black boxes only for inspection and travel permit issuance. No one cares about the quality of the devices," said Ha Noi Transport Association's chairman Bui Danh Lien.
"Many enterprises don't understand those black boxes' technical figures." Lien added. "Some drivers even get annoyed when the alarm goes off due to speeds over 80kph."
As many as 35,000 vehicles were about to be installed with black boxes by the end of this month, which costs about VND200 billion (US$9,5 million), he said.
The Association has recently asked the ministry of transport to manage the quality of the GPSs.
"The ministry should ensure the quality of the products by handling any violations. If any GPS supplier commits violations, the ministry should punish by withdrawing their licenses," he said.
The Government's Decree which was issued in 2009 stipulated that passenger vehicles, including buses, tourist cars and container trucks must have black boxes installed from next month.-- VNS.