HA NOI – (VNS) The government is planning much harsher penalties for those caught drink driving or speeding, as it prepares to get tough on traffic violators.
As part of the crackdown which starts in November, penalties for severe offences will increase by up to 2.5 times compared to existing levels, according to the latest government decree.
Fines incurred by drunk drivers will increase the most - particularly for drivers found to have a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 80mg per 100ml or breath alcohol concentration exceeding 0.4mg per 1l - as they will be subject to a fine ranging from VND10 to 15 million (US$476-714).
This represents a remarkable increase from the current range of VND4-6 million ($190-286) for an offence.
The penalties for motorbike drivers committing the same offence are from VND2 to 3 million($95-143).
Speeding fines will also be subject to a severe increase.
Automobile drivers caught driving more than 35km/h above the limit will incur fines of VND 8-10 million, compared to the current range of VND2 to 3 million, and will have their driving licences suspended for 60 days.
The penalties for motorbike drivers who drive more than 20km/h above the limit increase to VND2 to 3 million yp from the present fine of VND500,000 to 1 million. - VNS