Speeding and working overtime are key reasons for an increase in accidents, Nguyen Van Quyen, deputy director general of Directorate of Road Viet Nam, tells Kinh te Viet Nam&The gioi (Viet Nam and World Economy). Economy&the World)
What are the major violations recorded in the National GPS Tracking Centre?
The GPS Tracking Centre started operation on March 1, 2014. Since then more than 50,000 vehicles installed with the GPS tracking systems have sent their data to the centre's main server.
That means around 4,000 vehicles have failed to connect their GPS tracking systems with the centre.
Data collected last April alone revealed that up to 19,810 auto vehicles had committed more than 1.130 million speed limit violations. Of which, one-third of the cases had surpassed the speed limit by more than 10 km/hr; more than 67,000 cases had surpassed the speed limit by more than 20 km/hr; and around 305 cases had surpassed the speed limit by between 10 and 20 km/hr. On an average, for every 1,000 km, drivers commit speed limit violations 9.3 times.
Meanwhile, a report on drivers' working hours in April revealed that nearly 8,000 times the drivers have been seated behind their steering wheels for more than four hours and almost 2,000 drivers have worked for more than 10 hours per day. These drivers have violated the Labour Code.
Violation cases released by the DRVN revealed the poor law enforcement of the drivers on the road. In your opinion what are the reasons behind this?
Speeding tickets in April were much higher than in the trial period. The reason is very simple. During the trial period, we had set the benchmark for speeding as over 80 km/hr. However, from April when the data centre started commissioning, we applied different speeding limits for different vehicles.
For example, speed limit of 70 km/hr is applied for coaches with 30 seaters on ward and 60 km/h for trucks. As a result, the number of speeding vehicles spotted has increased.
From the perspective of the DRVN, the installation of the GPS tracking system in vehicles has brought great benefits. The system helps the transport enterprises to monitor the drivers while they are on the road. At the same time, it helps state management agencies to monitor the enterprises' business operation conditions.
What measures should be introduced to reduce drivers' traffic violations?
I have to concede that the present GPS software is still rudimentary. It cannot be applied for each segment of the road. For example, the road sign indicates that only 50 km/hr or 100 km/hr is allowed on a particular road, but the GPS cannot record such road limits. To overcome this limitation, the Ministry of Transport is now developing a digital map.
However, we will punish drivers who violate the traffic law.
Two forms of punishment will be applied.
First, transport enterprises/cooperatives that have vehicles operating on fixed routes will be banned from operation between 1 and 3 months depending on the seriousness of their violations: If the data retrieved from the centre for three months reveals that more than 5 per cent of the drivers operating on the route have consecutively not followed their itineraries; more than 20 per cent of the vehicles operating on the routes have drivers violating the speed limits or dropping and picking up passengers at locations other than the designated bus stops; or more than 10 per cent of the vehicles have drivers who fail to abide by the schedules.
Second, rental tourist coaches or containers enterprises/cooperatives will be banned from operation for one month: If the data retrieved reveals that within one month, more than 5 per cent of their vehicles have failed to follow their itineraries; more than 20 per cent of the vehicles are caught speeding; or more than 10 per cent of the vehicles have drivers who fail to abide by the schedules.
I hope the data centre will help to restore law and order in the transport sector. — VNS