HA NOI — The Viet Nam Register will take charge of cases where cars and motorbike catch fire, said Transport Minister Dinh La Thang on Tuesday meeting.
|A burnt out Ford car in Nguyen Trai Street on December 31, 2011. According to Ha Noi Fire Fighting and Prevention Department, 42 cars and motorbikes burst into flames city-wide between December 1, 2010 and December 18, 2011. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
Thang said 89 cases occurred in 2011 and there was no agency authorised to handle the situation and investigate.
The agency would research and compile documents and regulations to curb the situation, focusing on quality, maintenance and fireproofing criteria for motorbike and car producers.
Viet Nam Register director Trinh Ngoc Giao said authorised agencies had still to discover reasons for 56 cases of burned cars and motorbikes .
Statistics from Ha Noi's Fire Fighting and Prevention Department showed that there were 42 cases of cars and motorbikes bursting into flame city-wide between December 1, 2010 and December 18, 2011.
Meanwhile, 89 cases were reported nationwide, including 50 cases of burning cars, in which two people died and two were injured.
The Ministry of Public Security's Institute of Criminal Science said 11 cases involving motorbikes were a result of crashes, motorbike electrical circuit faults or intentionally burning.
There were no regulations to ensure vehicle safety for motorbikes and domestically produced cars, Giao said.
It was necessary to tighten inspections for motorbike and car maintenance workshops to ensure safety standards for vehicles, he said.
Because many workshops lacked equipment and skilled workers the service quality was low and thus did not guarantee vehicle safety, he said. — VNS