|Stronger punishment was needed to stop the sale and use of fake motorbike helmets which are dominating the market, participants at a dialogue on Wednesday heard.Quality helmet producers and local agencies also had to take a greater role in protecting consumer interests amid the fake helmet boom.—VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — Stronger punishment was needed to stop the sale and use of fake motorbike helmets which are dominating the market, participants at a dialogue on Wednesday heard.Quality helmet producers and local agencies also had to take a greater role in protecting consumer interests amid the fake helmet boom.
Deputy Head of HCM City Market Watch Department Nguyen Van Bach said poor-quality helmets still flooded the market with 12,600 being confiscated in the past two weeks.
World Health Organisation statistics revealed more than 80 per cent of motorbike helmets sold in Viet Nam last year did not meet standards.
Capital prepares for children's helmet blitz
HA NOI — The Ha Noi authorities will next month crack down on motorcyclists carrying child passengers over the age of six without helmets, said Luu Xuan Binh, vice chairman of the city Traffic Safety Committee.
The campaign will focus on the districts of Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Cau Giay.
Drivers face a fine of VND100,000 (US$5) to VND200,000 ($10).
Lawyer Nguyen Van Hau, vice chairman of the HCM City Bar Association, said fines for fake helmet producers remained light and ineffective, standing at around VND25-35 million (US$1,190-1,660). Businesses produced millions of fake helmets for huge profits, he said.
He proposed confiscation of all products, publicising the names of shonky producers and increasing public awareness.
Vice chairwoman of the HCM City Association for Consumer Rights Protection Phan Thi Viet Thu said agencies issued helmet regulations but failed to control product quality.
Some participants pointed to the need for producers of quality helmets to expand their supply networks and marketing.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung early this month called for strict punishment for the production and trade of fake helmets.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade's Department of Market Watch last month cracked down on fake helmet producers. Inspectors found 13 helmet producers violated regulations and confiscated more than 16,000 fake helmets.
Ha Noi market watch last week found a company in Long Bien district producing helmets despite failing to renew their production licence and confiscated nearly 5,000 helmets with quality stamps that were not up to date. — VNS