|A collision between a container truck and a four-seat car killed five people in a family in HCM City's Linh Trung Ward in Thu Duc District on May 31. — Photo kenh14.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Traffic Police General Department, under the Ministry of Public Security, has asked traffic police forces nationwide to strengthen control over the operations of trucks and container trucks.
Traffic police were required to patrol, inspect and crack down on container trucks whose drivers were found violating traffic regulations against overloading, speeding, using a fake driving licence, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and so on.
The request was made following a series of fatal traffic accidents related to trucks and container trucks in the past several months.
On September 5 and 6 alone, five traffic accidents occurred, resulting in two fatalities, a three-year-old and a pregnant woman, as well as leaving four others injured.
Figures from the ministry showed that in the first five months of this year, there were 22 traffic accidents related to container trucks, twice as many as last year.
Of these accidents, 10 occurred in HCM City, accounting for 45 per cent of the total, nationwide.
Bui Van Quan, chairman of HCM City Cargo Transport Association, said more than 200 transport enterprises owning more than 6,000 container trucks in the city were facing a serious shortage of drivers.
Thus, many had increased the working time of the drivers or had even hired drivers with fake driving licences with the aim of fulfilling all their transport contracts, even though these actions increased the risk of traffic accidents.
The use of drugs by drivers was yet another problem, as many enterprises did not enforce regular health examinations, he added.
In HCM City, more than 120 of some 12,800 taxi drivers working for two taxi firms have shown signs of drug abuse, according to the municipal Department of Transport.
Most of the affected drivers are employees of Vinasun and Mai Linh, the department said, citing statistics compiled by the taxi operators between mid-July and mid-September this year.
All of the drivers showing signs of drug abuse will be dismissed if they test positive for drugs. -- VNS