|Vehicle registration at a registration centre in Da Nang City. — VNA/VNS Photo
Nguyen Huu Tri, deputy director of the Viet Nam Register, spoke to the Tin tuc (News) newspaper about the Ministry of Transport's plan to equitise Viet Nam Registration Centres (VRCs).
What is the minis-try's future plan to equitise Vehicle Registration Centres?
As of now, four VRCs have not been equitised. They are the Vehicle Registrations Centres 2901V and 2902V of Ha Noi; 1501 V of Hai Phong; and 1901V of Phu Tho.
In late 2013, the Minister of Transport issued circular 59 stipulating that all VRCs affiliated with the Viet Nam Registration must be equitised. Under the circular, any economic entity - be it public or private - can participate in the equitisation process.
An administrative process is ongoing to decide which centre of the four aforementioned VRCs should be equitised first. We are still awaiting the minister's decision.
Will the State remain one of the shareholders in these four centres following their equitisation?
According to our plan, we will apply two models to the four VRCs. One model is a wholly private ownership, while the other is a private-public joint venture, under which the private sector will look after the infrastructure development while the human resource aspect will be looked after by provincial/local transport departments or the Viet Nam Registration. The second model has already been applied in about 50 per cent of the VRCs nationwide. For example, in HCM City, the municipal Department of Transport invested in human resources, while the infrastructure investment is looked after by private investors.
In Viet Nam, vehicle registration is a type of conditional business, so which Government agency will then be appointed to oversee the business?
Though the vehicle registration centres will be run by an economic entity in the future, they still have to follow certain requirements and criteria issued by the MOT or the Viet Nam Registration.
Quality control will be expressed in four measures. Firstly, the Viet Nam Registration will issue legal documents governing the operation of these VRCs. I can guarantee there will be no differences in technical standards between any VRCs in Viet Nam.
Secondly, at present, IT has been widely applied in Viet Nam. The VR will provide the software free-of-charge to all VRCs nationwide. That's why I can guarantee there will be no differences in technical standards among the VRCs. Of course, during their operation, we will conduct regular inspections to ensure they all follow the same standards.
Third, all the VRCs have to install surveillance cameras, which must send their images to VR headquarters either in Ha Noi or HCM City. I hope the indirect surveillance from VRs in Ha Noi and HCM City will help ensure high-quality performance from all VRCs nationwide.
Fourth, periodical and annual evaluation and inspection visits from the MOT or the Viet Nam Registration will be conducted to draw experiences and ensure good performance in all VRCs.
Last but not least, the VR will conduct unannounced checks at VRCs when deemed necessary.
I'm confident that the performance of all VRCs nationwide is of high standards, regardless of ownership - private or public. — VNS