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Sleeper coaches found violating safety rules

Update: March, 01/2014 - 09:31
A sleeper coach is removed from an accident scene last December in Phan Rang City, Ninh Thuan Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Thu

HA NOI (VNS)— Transport Ministry inspectors have called for a nationwide inspection of sleeper coaches after finding many safety violations at bus terminals in the capital city.

They plan to submit a proposal to the Transport Ministry that would focus on the quality of equipment installed in the buses, said the ministry's Chief Inspector Nguyen Van Huyen.

He said the massive campaign was deemed necessary after recent random inspections at several bus terminals in Ha Noi found multiple violations in sleeper coaches.

For instance, all five coaches checked at the My Dinh Bus Terminal were found lacking belts, fire extinguishers or emergency hammers.

The owner of Hung Thanh Transport Company, which takes passengers from the capital city to the northern highlands province of Ha Giang, told inspectors that they had not installed the mandatory equipment for fear that passengers would steal them.

Many sleeper coaches travelling to mountainous provinces in the north were also found to carry fog lamps without technical verification certificates issued by authorised agencies, Huyen said.

This was not a mild violations as substandard fog lamps can hurt the eyes of drivers going in the opposite direction, increasing the potential for accidents, he added.

At the Nuoc Ngam Bus Terminal, inspectors found several extra seats installed in sleeper coaches to carry more passengers than permitted.

One bus plying the Ha Noi-Quang Binh route had five extra seats, but its driver, Nguyen Van Tan, said it had still received registration certificates "smoothly" and periodically from authorized agencies in the capital city.

Huyen said the irresponsibility shown by both transportation companies and registration centres can be indirectly blamed for several traffic accidents.

His team will have the registration of substandard sleeper coaches revoked and disciplinary action will be taken against registration centre employees for ignoring regulations, he added. — VNS

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