|Self-modified three-wheeled motorcycles with a "shipping service" ad on the side. This type of vehicle is meant to support disable veterans but lately it has illegally been used as a means of transportation. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HÀ NOI — Hà Nội Police has taken stronger measures to crack down on self-modified three-wheelers that are driven illegally by people posing as wounded war veterans.
In the last two days, Traffic Police Team No. 3 has confiscated 14 such vehicles. Most of these have been structurally changed or camouflaged as wounded veteran's vehicles to carry goods.
"Drivers of vehicles usually swagger around. We had to form patrols to control and co-ordinate with the police along Láng Road to handle such vehicles violating the law," Đinh Tiến Vũ, Deputy Leader of Traffic Police Team No.3 said.
The flouting of the law by such vehicle owners has happened regularly and it affects the safety and order of transport in the city, making it a matter for public concern, Vu said.
Some are stamped with fake logos of companies run for wounded war veterans in order to deceive the authorities, while others are just revamped old motorcycles with a shipping cargo behind.
Although users of three-wheelers must be war veterans, most offenders are in their youth. Hà Don Tú, a 21-year-old man, was caught while using his three-wheeled motorcycle to deliver ice. Another 47-year-old was caught pretending to be a wounded war veteran.
When caught, some vehicle owners desert their vehicles to avoid paying fines, Vu said.
To curb traffic accidents and congestion, Resolution 32/2007 / NQ-CP dated 29 June, 2007, by the prime minister banned three-wheelers from January 2008.
There are about 500 self-modified three-wheeled vehicles in Ha Noi, including 200 owned by wounded soldiers who are legally allowed to use this form of transport. — VNS