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Deputy PM calls for traffic safety

Update: October, 03/2015 - 10:25
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of Public Security to implement strict measures to crack down on traffic safety violations. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
HA NOI  (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of Public Security to implement strict measures to crack down on traffic safety violations at an online conference yesterday to review traffic safety in the first nine months and discuss measures to tighten traffic regulations and ensure traffic safety in the final quarter of the year.

Phuc, who is also the Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, asked the ministry to focus on overloaded trucks and find the source of illegal logos that help overloaded trucks pass checkpoints without being stopped. He also asked for vehicles that used licence plates starting with 80B – the number used for official Government vehicles – to be checked as well.

"I have asked the Ministry of Public Security to identify all those involved in these violations and strictly punish them," he said.

Phuc noted that some local authorities were not taking responsibility for the problem, and corruption among traffic police was still a problem.

He also stressed the importance of reviewing safety at level crossings and junctions to reduce accidents.

In the first nine months of the year, traffic accidents had fallen at both of these intersections compared to the same period last year, according to a report by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang.

So far this year, there have been more than 16,400 accidents, 6,500 fatalities and nearly 15,000 injuries.

The transport ministry reported that overloaded trucks were still destroying national highways and roads.

Traffic congestion also remained unsolved at peak hours in Ha Noi and HCM City, especially in bad weather.

Traffic police nationwide have caught over 3 million violations this year and fined drivers VND3 trillion ($133 million). They have also confiscated over 29,500 cars and 377,400 motorbikes, along with 260,800 driving licences.

Lighter fines

The Ministry of Public Security proposed yesterday a reduction in the severity of penalties for a number of traffic safety violations.

The ministry's stand was that some penalties were too severe for the violations and were impractical, creating complications for law enforcement in their daily operations.

For example, the fine for motorcyclists joining traffic on prohibited highways was set at VND2-3 million (US$90-135), almost ten times higher than the previous amount stipulated in Decree 171/2013 for administrative fines for traffic safety violations. In addition to the fine, these drivers also have their driver's licences suspended for up to three months.

Similarly, the fine for bicyclists was also increased from VND100,000-200,000 ($4-9) to a maximum of VND1 million ($40).

The ministry had recommended the increase in fines for violations deemed to be the direct cause of traffic accidents, such as speeding, drunk driving and failure to obey traffic control devices and traffic police officers.

"There have been cases where vehicles were impounded, but the owners did not care to show up as the fine was higher than the value of the vehicle," Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong said in a report shared with the Ministry of Transport.

The increase in fines also required police officers to report these cases to higher authorities, who were responsible for making the final decision. The public security minister believed this practice unnecessarily complicated the process and hindered the speedy handling of traffic violations. — VNS

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