HA NOI — This year, dubbed Traffic Safety Year, will see more drastic measures taken to re-establish traffic safety rules across the country and prevent traffic jams in big cities, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Despite the efforts of authorities at different levels, traffic accidents and jams had become more and more serious, he said at a ceremony launching the year's action plan in Ha Noi yesterday.
One focus would be strengthening education to improve residents' awareness of traffic safety. This should be considered a vital task for schools and families.
Phuc also requested that agencies and sectors intensify their patrol to hand out stricter punishments for traffic violations.
"The police should take the initiative to ensure traffic safety," he said.
Phuc also expressed his desire that Ha Noi be the vanguard during this traffic safety year, better managing vehicles and more strictly punishing road, railway and waterway traffic violators.
Vehicle owners face new fee
HA NOI — The Ministry of Transport has submitted a proposal to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approval that would charge local personal vehicles circulation fees.
Under the proposal, motorbikes would have to pay between VND500,000-VND1 million (US$23.8-47.6) per year, while cars would be asked to pay between VND20-VND50 million yearly ($952-2,380).
Meanwhile, cars, with the exception of public transport and buses, would also have to pay fees between VND30,000-VND50,000 ($1.4-2.4) when entering or leaving local city centres during rush hour. — VNS
Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said that the city aimed to reduce the number of traffic accidents by at least 10 per cent, and the number of traffic jams by 20 per cent, as well as prevent motorbike racing and pavement encroachment.
Last year the city saw more than 1,000 traffic accidents which killed 749 people and injured nearly 450 others, according to statistics of the National Traffic Safety Committee.
Thao asked the city's authorities at different levels to focus their political duties around ensuring traffic safety and preventing traffic jams this year.
The municipal Department of Transport should join hands with the city police to assign more forces to hot spots of traffic jams and traffic regulation violations to give guidance and enforce the rules.
In the short term, the city police would launch a campaign to punish violators from now until after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, he said. — VNS