|A police officer signals for a lorry driver to stop for driving in the wrong lane. Fifteen per cent of the nation's bus and cargo transport companies have been thrown off the road for violating traffic safety rules. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — Fifteen per cent of the nation's bus and cargo transport companies have been thrown off the road for violating traffic safety rules.
This follows recent checks on transport firms in 63 provinces and cities across the country.
The Ministry of Transport, in a report to the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, said it had withdrawn business licences from the companies because of the loose way in which they operated.
It said that while management had improved in many places and supervision devices installed in commercial coaches and buses, the situation was still out of control.
The ministry also accused many local departments of transport of not seriously cracking down on speeding bus and truck drivers. It said that after issuing licences, the local departments paid little attention to the rules.
Most of the violations were found in small-scale transport firms with only a few buses or trucks.
The report said many transport firms operated without a business manager or employed those who were sub- standard. Some firms were caught hiring their business licences to others and doing none of the real business themselves.
The report also said that inspection team discovered and recommended administration fines with 636 violations with the total fine reaching VND2.3 billion (US$108,000).
A total of 53 of 350 transport firms had their business licences withdrawn; 113 firms had their business licences suspended. The ministry also withdrew registration badges for more than 1,300 vehicles.
The ministry told the Prime Minister that the standard of transport control was high in the provinces of Hai Duong, Ha Giang, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Gia Lai, Kien Giang and in the city of Da Nang.
The inspection was carried out on 350 of the nation's 1919 transport firms, which control a total of nearly 12,000 vehicles. — VNS