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About 6,000 vehicles yet to install mandatory black boxes

Update: May, 16/2014 - 08:38
A police officer checks the steering wheel on a coach travelling along a stretch of National Highway 18A through northeastern Quang Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS) — Operators of buses, coaches and trucks were ordered to equip their vehicles with black boxes by March 1. But while these boxes are intended to transmit data to monitors at a centre run by the Transport Ministry, about 6,000 vehicles have not yet satisfied this condition.

Deputy head of the ministry's Transport Department Do Cong Thuy told Tien Phong (the Vanguard) Newspaper that about 50,000 vehicles had black boxes. Many of the remaining vehicles had installed substandard products, he explained. The producers of the substandard boxes left their business locations after their business licences were revoked, leaving operators with no way to find them or get compensation.

However, transport firms had to find ways to solve the problem by themselves, he said.

Deputy director of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam Nguyen Van Quyen said that the 6,000 vehicles were ordered to connect their boxes to the centre before June 1.

Local transport departments were assigned to urge the transport firms to meet the new deadline, Quyen said. Firms that did not would be suspended from operation or have their business licences revoked.

Chair of Viet Nam Automobile Transportation Association Nguyen Van Thanh suggested the ministry impose sanctions on producers manufacturing substandard black boxes as well as units that issued business licences for the producers. — VNS

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