|The scene of a petrol tanker explosion in Bình Phước Province’s Minh Hưng Commune on November 22. – VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The National Committee for Traffic Safety has asked the Government to direct authorised agencies to strengthen inspections on the transport of dangerous goods, especially the transport of petrol and chemical substances.
Khuất Việt Hùng, vice chairman of the committee, said a number of serious accidents had resulted in loss of life and damage to property, stirring public outrage.
The accidents have been blamed on drivers failing to follow regulations.
To ensure traffic safety, the committee has asked the Government to direct the Ministry of Transport and authorities to tighten control over the transport of dangerous goods, especially petrol and chemical tankers.
The Ministry of Transport has been instructed to co-operate with other ministries and sectors to re-examine and complete regulations on the transport of dangerous goods to ensure the safety of both people and property.
The Ministry of Public Security has been asked to mobilise traffic police to patrol and crack down on violations.
On November 22, six people were killed and 19 houses burnt down when an overturned petrol tanker exploded in the southern province of Bình Phước.
The petrol tanker, which was travelling on National Highway No13 at 5am, collided with a three-wheeled vehicle running in the same direction. The driver lost control and overturned, leaving spill into nearby houses.
On September 5, another petrol tanker crashed into a four-seat car running in the same direction on the Nội Bài – Lào Cai Highway, and overturned and exploded. Luckily, no fatalities were reported. — VNS