HA NOI (VNS)— The Prime Minister called on authorities to take urgent measures to curb traffic accidents following news that several collisions involving trucks and buses resulted in 15 dead and more than 50 injured during the first two weeks of this month.
The Prime Minister has also ordered local authorities to step-up inspections of transport companies and driver training centres.
Localities in co-operation with traffic inspectors were asked to improve their databases on coach itinerary supervision to ensure drivers do not speed or drive when they are too tired.
The Ministry of Transport is responsible for making a quick review of legal regulations on operations of transport companies and requirements of issuing driving licences and supplementing legal conditions to settle all current loopholes that resulted in violations by these companies and their drivers.
The ministry is also entrusted to add more legal regulations on technical safety conditions and expired vehicle registrations.
Regarding management of loading capacity, random inspections, especially on key highways will be conducted. Meanwhile, construction of loading capacity checking stations will be boosted.
The Ministry of Public Security is responsible for holding regular patrols to prevent common violations such as speeding and drunk driving.
The ministry is also required to focus on investigating causes of recent traffic accidents to take the violators to the court.
The PM asked these two ministries and leaders of provincial–level People's Committees to manage inspections on their officials to detect whether they participate in covering up violations related to the operation of transport companies or driver training centres.
Leaders of localities were told to take responsibility for directing transport companies to conduct regular health checks for their drivers, especially coach and trucks drivers. --VNS