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Gov't calls for tests on truck drivers

Update: June, 09/2014 - 08:47
The Government Office, on Wednesday, released a notification requesting the increased supervision and check-up on the health of truck drivers.— Photo duongbo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Government Office, on Wednesday, released a notification requesting the increased supervision and check-up on the health of truck drivers.

According to notification No. 4047, the number of traffic accidents from the beginning of the year until now has decreased against the same period last year. However, it remained a "worry" as the number of traffic accidents were still on the higher side.

It also said that many accidents occurred due to the driver's stressed mental condition, or loss of control at the wheel.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, requested chairmen of local People's Committees and heads of local Traffic Safety Committees, to urgently direct relevant State agencies to complete the health examination of truck drivers within their areas of responsibilities.

They have also been requested to report to the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Transport Ministry before July 15.

The Deputy PM also said cities and provinces that had failed to organise health examinations for truck drivers needed to immediately start the work.

The Ministry of Health was requested to urgently develop and issue a decree stipulating the health standards for truck drivers, and regulations for the alcohol test on drivers of public vehicles. It was requested to complete the task within the third quarter of the year.

The Ministry of Transport was requested to co-operate with the Health Ministry, to step up inspection and supervision over the health examination for truck drivers, including conducting surprise examinations and repeated checks to ensure strict action against health clinics that granted health certificates illegally.

The Ministry of Information and Communications was asked to direct the media to continue their coverage of traffic safety issues and raise public awareness. — VNS

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