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Petrol pumps threaten road safety

Update: August, 04/2014 - 09:00
Reports from the directorate showed that a large number of petrol pumps located on the national highways were a threat to traffic safety.— Photo ktdt.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam has asked road management units and departments of transportation to conduct inspections of petrol pumps along national highways to ensure traffic safety.

Reports from the directorate showed that a large number of petrol pumps located on the national highways were a threat to traffic safety.

The danger to traffic was from the locations and structures of the petrol pumps. They were found to block the view, or their entries and exits did not comply with regulated standards.

Other problems were lack of warning signs or permissions of the Ministry of Transport allowing the petrol pumps to connect to the highways.

Local departments of transportation were asked to report to the municipal People's Committees on the sub-highways that were not yet connected to the national highways. The departments also have to inspect and update the petrol pump in the areas to identify the exact locations of the pumps on the sub-highways.

Owners of petrol pumps that were permitted to connect to the highways have to submit files to local authorities on the engineering designs and methods of pumps to ensure traffic safety at entrances and exits. Only petrol pumps that receive approvals from the authorities are allowed to construct and operate.

With regard to the petrol pumps that have been operating without consent of the Ministry of Transport, the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam asked their owners to apply methods for traffic safety at entrance and exit gates, including signs, speed humps and painted road marks.

All costs will have to be borne by the pump owners.

The Departments of Transportation will consider qualified petrol pumps in their plans while connecting pumps to the highways.

Petrol pumps that are not included in the plans by June 6th, 2015, will be asked to shut down. — VNS

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