|A police man stops contanier trucks for inspection in the northern port city of Hai Phong. Many trucks have been taken off the road after their black boxes caught them speeding. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — A total of 473 cars, buses and trucks have been ordered off the roads for a month after their built-in black boxes revealed they had exceeded the speed limit.
The Directorate of Roads said, however, that only 71.5 per cent of the motor vehicles that had the boxes installed actually transmitted data to the central data recording system. The other 28 per cent of the boxes are assumed to have been deliberately turned off - or perhaps broken.
Compilation of black-box data from across the nation enabled the directorate to produce a black list of 10 provinces with the highest numbers of speed violations in May.
They included Ba Ria-Vung Tau, which topped the group with 124,611 speed violations, followed by Da Nang (107,806). Violations in the other eight provinces ranged from 16,000 to 30,000. The provinces were Dak Nong, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Vinh Long, Binh Phuoc, Lam Dong and Gia Lai.
Of the 63 provinces in Viet Nam, 28 reported to the directorate that they had issued punishments, including ordering some of the vehicles off the road; 13 reported that they had only issued warnings; and 22 have not reported if they took any action.
Reports from the 28 provinces that issued punishments, showed they had handled a total 557 vehicles in May. Of thesed, 473 were ordered off the road for a month.
Among them, five companies with vehicles had their business licences revoked.
The directorate said in the first five months of the year, the country recorded a total of 2,049 motor vehicles that had broken the speed limits.
Vehicles fixed with a black box include coaches and buses, including those running on fixed routes and those for hire, taxis, trucks, including container trucks and trucks and trailers.
In another development, on June 1, the directorate sent a note to provincial authorities, demanding that they instruct their departments of transport to control overspeeding in their areas by compiling weekly reports on the situation and taking measures to fix it accordingly. — VNS