Gov't addresses transport issues

Update: October, 06/2014 - 09:17
So far this year, nearly 7,000 people have died on Viet Nam's roads.— Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has told ministries to tighten up on transport activities in an endeavour to keep the road death toll below 9,000 this year. So far this year, nearly 7,000 people have died on Viet Nam's roads.

Last year, 9,369 people were killed in a total of 29,385 accidents throughout the nation.

At a National Committee for Traffic Safety meeting on Friday, Phuc, who is also chairman of the committee, asked the transport ministry to improve regulations, especially on the management of transport and the inspection of load capacities.

He said existing challenges included a huge number of traffic accidents in rural and mountainous areas and overloaded trucks on many roads and highways.

Phuc also mentioned corruption among a number of police officers as a problem.

The transport ministry was also asked to co-operate with the Ministries of Public Security and Industry and Trade to control the illegal importation of electric bikes and motorbikes.

The Government official asked the Ministry of Public Security to expand the application of advanced technology to detect those who broke traffic rules.

From January-September this year, there were 18,697 traffic accidents throughout Viet Nam, resulting in 6,758 deaths and 17,835 injuries.

This represents a decline in the total numbers of cases, fatalities and injuries compared to the same period last year.

Forty-five localities reported fewer fatalities, including 30 per cent less traffic deaths recorded in the northern provinces of Bac Giang and Bac Kan.

However, road deaths rose in 14 other localities. — VNS