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Owners, not drivers face fines for highway violations

Update: November, 12/2015 - 15:32
A suveilliance camera is being installed at Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Duy

HA NOI (VNS) — Vehicle's legal owners, not drivers, will have to pay fines for traffic violations occurring across Noi Bai- Lao Cai or Phap Van – Cau Gie- Ninh Binh highways, starting from 2016.

Nguyen Van Huyen, general director of the Vietnam Road Administration said the pilot project of installing surveillance cameras across the highways will use the violating ticket method, which means the tickets will be sent to owners of vehicles based on the number plate and the recorded registration information.

Therefore, those who have resold their vehicles without the proper transfer process, besides having to submit traffic violation fines, will also be fined for violating vehicle registrations.

Referring to the design technology of the surveillance devices, Huyen said they were able to detect both cars and motorcycles with high accuracy as the daytime detection rate is 95 per cent and night-time rate stands at 90 per cent. After screening out the plate numbers, the system will quickly issue tickets.

Huyen said, "Time for detection and treatment accounts for 20ms to 50ms. (The cameras) can detect speed up to 300 km/sec with an accuracy of ± 1KM / h".

The system will process information comprising images and videos with recording time to prove the authenticity of the violations.

Bùi Dinh Tuan, member of the Vietnam Expressway Operation and Maintenance Limited Liability Company, said the maximum violations on the expressway such as speeding, wrong parking, and buses making unscheduled stops to pick up passengers, are threatening traffic safety.

"The installation of surveillance cameras will definitely minimise the number of violations and traffic accidents," Tuan said.

The cameras will automatically detect violations of drivers moving in the emergency stopping lane, driving the wrong way, and failure to comply with regulations on stopping or parking on the highway. The cameras are connected to the information centre of the Traffic Police Department to co-ordinate action, integrate with the registration database and to allow the officials watch online the situation of traffic on the route.

As many as 58 cameras will be installed across the Noi Bai – Phu Tho section (KM54+640) of the Noi Bai- Lao Cai highway, while Phap Van-Cau Gie-Ninh Binh highway will have 35 surveillance spots, under the pilot project approved by the Ministry of Transport.

Earlier, at a press conference on October 13, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said the government had approved a six-month pilot project for installing surveillance cameras on Phap Van – Cau Gie – Ninh Binh highway and Noi Bai-Phu Tho section of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway. After that, the project will be moved to Highway 1, and Ho Chi Minh Trail through the Highlands to handle traffic violations.

"According to regulations of the Ministry of Transport, drivers will be informed a month before being officially sanctioned," Nguyen Toan Thang, Deputy Director of FPT Technology Solutions, the contractor said. — VNS

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