|A cong nong (farm truck) is transporting an oversized tin sheet in Dak Lak Province, which is said to be extremely dangerous to traffic. — Photo baodaklak.vn
DAK LAK (VNS) — The regulation of cong nong (farm trucks) in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak has been weak which has led to accidents, according to local authorities.
Trinh Huu Kiem, head of the Transport Division under the Dak Lak Department of Transport said that setting up separate lanes for the vehicles in the province was difficult because of a lack of land and funds.
At present, some small mechanic workshops in the province modify some parts of the vehicles on their own without checking with relevant agencies, making them more dangerous, he said.
Most of drivers are ethnic minorities and their awareness of obeying transport laws was limited.
Co-operation between different offices in managing and giving punishment to the violated vehicles was loose, said Kiem.
Do Binh Chinh, deputy director of the provincial Department of Transport, said that at present the province have not found any effective vehicles to replace the farm trucks.
The province asked districts and towns to strengthen their management on the vehicles to reduce traffic accidents on the roads which farm trucks often passed, said Chinh.
Every year, the department joined hands with driver training centres to open training courses for four-wheel vehicle drivers and spread knowledge on traffic laws for ethnic minorities.
Transport police were asked to improve their checking and give warnings to farm truck drivers, said Chinh.
Chinh said that the State should have polices to give financial support to people studying to drive farm trucks.
The driver training period should be shortened while the transport law education period should be lengthened.
The Viet Nam Register should give guidance on checking and issuing certificates of technological safety for the farm trucks, he said.
About 78,800 farm vehicles are operating and were registered in the province. And more than 5,000 others did not register.
Since 1996, the province issued driving licences for four-wheel vehicles for more than 10,400 people.
A farm truck accident happened at 6pm last Friday in Pong Drang Commune, Krong Buk District in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak.
The farm truck, without number plate, transporting coffee, driven by Nguyen Minh Quyen, 30, from the district towards Buon Ma Thuot City, crashed into a motorbike running towards the same direction.
Quyen then lost his control and crashed into a bicycle with two people on it.
Quyen and two people on the bicycle, H'Luong Nie and H'Boat Nie, both 17, were taken to Dak Lak Hospital. — VNS