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Unsafe transport companies to be put off the road

Update: March, 25/2013 - 09:47

HA NOI (VNS)— Inter-provincial buses carry 90 per cent of passengers in the country, but many transport enterprises fail to manage their vehicles well, according to the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam.

Most serious transport accidents are related to buses; moreover, 80 per cent of bus accidents are caused by small-scale private transport companies that have not properly invested in safety management.

Many companies did not punish violated drivers and their assistants; moreover, they did not set up a process for passengers to submit complaints, experts from the directorate said.

In March a few dozen serious bus accidents took place. For example, two inter-provincial buses crashed into each other on Highway 1A in the central province of Khanh Hoa's Cam Ranh City on March 8, killing 12 people and injuring 50 others.

The country now has more than 1,500 transport companies with about 115,000 buses.—Illustrative image/Photo vov.vn

A recent investigation by the Road and Railway Transport Police showed that transport accidents generally happened at night and were caused by buses managed by private companies, even though they were in good condition.

Drivers often wanted to have as many passengers as possible, so they drove too fast; additionally, many did not use the proper lights for driving at night.

Chairman of the Ha Noi Automobile Transport Association Bui Danh Lien said that drivers, especially bus drivers, should be trained better.

"Professional drivers for automobiles with more than 16 seats should have specific training on laws and on their responsibility for themselves, passengers and society as well as driving skills," he said.

Before hiring a driver, companies should check his professional skills, Lien added.

Director of the Road and Railway Transport Police Department Nguyen Van Tuyen proposed to consider bus transport among the special trading sectors that required close supervision.

"Each driver will then be more aware about protecting his or her own life as well as the lives of passengers," he said.

The Viet Nam Automobile Transportation Association suggested the Ministry of Transport adjust regulations on coach transport to make company directors feel responsibility for their drivers and bus quality.

The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam joined hands with relevant bodies to implement higher standards for automobile transport quality, which will be made public so that people can choose good transportation options.

The project will also set up a mechanism for the market to gradually eliminate weak transport companies and encourage better ones.

The country now has more than 1,500 transport companies with about 115,000 buses. — VNS



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