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Registration, key to fewer accidents

Update: August, 28/2012 - 09:24
A worker checks the illumination level of a coach in central Quang Binh Province's Registration Station. A project to tighten registration has been approved to reduce all traffic accidents nationwide.— VNA/VNS Photo Hoai Nam
HA NOI — The Transport Ministry recently approved a nationwide project to tighten the registration of road and water vehicles in an effort to reduce accidents.

The registration sector will implement measures to use new technologies, including computer systems and software, to monitor each phase of registration and build a standardised database that all relevant agencies and registration authorities can access.

According to Le Manh Hung, deputy minister of transport, increasing the quality of vehicle registration is critical to reducing traffic accidents.

However, Hung noted that those who implement the project must be open and up-to-date on the registration situation and encourage the private sector to embrace the registration process.

Officials also say the registration sector will use a camera system to monitor works on every part of the process, thus increasing the Government's role of supervision. The camera system will save checking process images within 30 days, which will allow inspections to trace back registration activity.

Currently, an estimated 106 companies and branches nationwide are authorised to register, with 18 under the Viet Nam Register and 78 under provincial transport departments and people's committees.

The rest are privately-owned and part of other sectors subject to the technical supervision of Viet Nam Register. However, in the future, the national registration bureau will tighten the activity of privately-owned registration businesses, ensuring they do not trade off profits for vehicle safety.

The project also aims to make sure that all waterway vehicles are registered at all levels, including local levels, in the next couple of years and those that pass registration do not encounter accidents due to technical errors.

Efforts will also be made to ensure that registration officials are banned from registering the vehicles of related family members and those providing them with financial benefits.

Do Trung Hoc, chief of Viet Nam Register's Waterway Department, said many local governments had not provided enough assistance to ship owners looking to register their vehicles.

According to the Domestic Waterway Department, more than 500,000 waterway vehicles are currently unregistered, and only 28 out of 63 provinces and cities have issued regulation on managing small waterway vehicles and allowed local transportation offices and agencies to conduct registration.

Nguyen Huu Tri, deputy head of Viet Nam Register, said the bureau was also consulting with the Transport Ministry to update regulations that allow private registration entities better conditions to build their infrastructure and resources. — VNS

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