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Traffic safety remains a major national challenge

Update: November, 13/2013 - 08:00

A bus driver is fined for picking up passengers at the wrong place. The Ministry of Transport has been asked to work with localities to regularly inspect and ensure abidance by traffic regulations. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

HA NOI (VNS) — Ensuring sustainable traffic safety and order remained a big challenge, with serious accidents still a regular occurrence and fatalities showing little sign of subsiding, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Common reasons for traffic accidents include driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, and lane encroachment, Phuc said at an online conference with 63 localities yesterday to review the two-year implementation of the Government resolution on measures to ensure traffic safety and order.

He also noted that traffic law dissemination and education in some localities remained ineffective, with shortcomings still found in traffic organisation tasks and a lack of State management over transport business activities, as well as ineffective inspections and punishments.

To handle these shortcomings, Phuc urged relevant ministries and localities to take strong measures to ensure traffic safety and order.

He asked the Ministry of Transport to tighten management of transport activities, focusing on heavy trucks, container trucks and trucks carrying construction materials. The ministry was also instructed to study and reorganise traffic more scientifically in line with current infrastructure conditions.

Phuc also required the ministry to work with localities to regularly inspect and speed up the adoption of traffic regulations by organisations and individuals, particularly waterway traffic laws.

The Ministry of Public Security was instructed to increase petrol station inspections and strictly punish violations.

Leaders of localities and communes should take responsibilities for boat accidents occurring in their localities, he added.

Phuc asked the Ministry of Education and Training to improve the quality of traffic safety education for students, to raise their awareness of traffic laws.

The conference reported that after two years of implementing the Government resolution, positive achievements had been made in ensuring traffic safety and order.

The number of traffic violations, fatalities and injuries all dropped last year. In 2012, the number of fatalities from traffic accidents slipped below 10,000 per year for the first time in a decade. — VNS

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