|Chaotic scene during rush hour in Ha Noi. Traffic order and safety regulations have been steadily improved over the years despite the rising number of vehicles joining traffic every year — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Quan
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has seen a sharp decrease in the number and the severity of traffic accidents in recent years. Compared to 2011, the number of traffic accidents in 2015 has gone down by 51 per cent, the number of fatalities and injured down by 24 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.
Traffic order and safety regulations have been steadily improved over the years despite the rising number of vehicles joining traffic every year, said chairman of the National Committee on Traffic Safety Khuat Viet Hung during a conference to discuss the country's traffic safety issues yesterday in Ha Noi.
Chief of the country's traffic police Gen. Tran Son Ha said that implementation of technological advances has contributed greatly to the police's effort to handle traffic safety violations and improve its capacity to manage and control traffic.
Since the beginning of the year, the authority has inspected nearly 390,000 vehicles and more than 37,000 were found to have violated traffic safety regulations with more than 12,000 drivers licenses taken away.
Meanwhile, order and traffic safety at numerous train and bus stations has been improved as a result of a co-operation campaign between the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Transport, said head of the department of transport Tran Bao Ngoc.
However, Ngoc also voiced his concerns over a number of shortcomings and limitations during the process of information exchange between the two ministries as well as the fact that transport companies and drivers were not willingly following traffic safety regulations. Notably, there were cases in which they modified vehicles to increase load carrying capacity illegally.
The conference also heard a number of reports and various discussions on the implementation of information technology and other technological advances to improve traffic safety across the country. — VNS