|People take part in a march to stop drink driving in the central province of Quảng Trị. — VNA/VNS Photo Trịnh Bang Nhiệm|
HÀ NỘI — The transport and logistics sectors made significant progress last year, including a fall in traffic accidents, experts agreed during an online conference yesterday.
Reports from the Ministry of Transport (MoT) showed the logistics sector transported more than 1.6 million tonnes of goods last, up by 9.7 per cent compared with 2018.
The quality of transport services also improved, especially during the holidays.
The country witnessed more than 17,600 traffic accidents last year that killed more than 7,600 people and injured 13,600, a decrease of 587 fatalities compared with 2018.
Management of railway crossings and education on traffic safety regulations were strengthened, the report said.
The MoT is working with the Đồng Nai People’s Committee to prepare for the construction of Long Thành International Airport, which is expected to be completed in 2025.
2019 was the fourth consecutive year the MoT had ranked first out of 20 ministries and sectors in terms of providing online administrative services.
Attending the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng praised the MoT for its efforts.
The transport sector had contributed significantly to the country’s development, he said.
However, the transport sector still had several limitations, with a number of projects failing to meet up to expectations, delays and public disorder at several toll booths. Traffic jams were a regular occurrence in Hà Nội and HCM City.
The Deputy PM asked the sector to develop a plan for 2021-30 for road, rail, sea and air transport.
The MoT should work closely with other ministries, sectors and localities to ensure traffic safety and reduce traffic jams.
Workers in these sectors also needed more professional training.
Deputy PM Dũng confirmed the Government would work with the MoT to resolve problems and create the best conditions for the transport sector.
Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể said his ministry would improve IT application to raise management effectiveness, and form policies to improve to traffic safety such as the amended Law on Road Traffic while compiling a national strategy. — VNS