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Unsafe Red River wharfs continue to ferry vehicles

Update: January, 14/2015 - 09:17
Ferries from Van Phuc and Van Nam wharfs in Phuc Tho District are not allowed to transport automobiles, but in recent years, they have been taking four-seat, seven-seat and even lorries across the river. — Photo giaothongvantai

HA NOI (VNS) — Ferry operators are continuing to transport automobiles across the Hong (Red) River from wharfs deemed unsafe by the Waterway Traffic Police Department.

A report by the Cong an nhan dan (People's Police) newspaper showed that the Thuy Linh Wharf in Hoang Mai District did not have any warning signs for passengers, and the path leading to the ferry was steep and narrow.

Most passengers did not wear life jackets and ferry operators failed to warn them of the risks.

Nguyen Van Cuong, deputy director of the department, said that one of the most serious problems was that ferries were transporting automobiles.

Ferries from Van Phuc and Van Nam wharfs in Phuc Tho District are not allowed to transport automobiles, but in recent years, they have been taking four-seat, seven-seat and even lorries across the river.

Police patrolled the wharfs regularly and issued administrative penalties, but operators continued to violate safety regulations.

The department planned to ask city authorities to upgrade wharfs to allow them to handle automobiles.

"It will meet passenger demands and stop illegal transportation," he said.

Wharfs which did not meet safety regulations to transport automobiles would be put under strict supervision. The department would also work with the municipal Department of Transport to set up warning signs at those wharfs, said Cuong.

Over the past month, the department has fined more than 200 people for violating safety regulations.

Ha Noi now has more than 30 wharfs, according to the Waterway Traffic Police Department. — VNS

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