Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of Public Security to implement strict measures to crack down on traffic safety violations at an October 2 conference on traffic safety in the first nine months of the year.
Phuc, who is also the Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, asked the ministry to focus on overloaded trucks and find the source of illegal logos that help overloaded trucks pass checkpoints without being stopped. He also asked for vehicles that used licence plates starting with 80B – the number used for official Government vehicles – to be checked as well.
The Deputy PM noted that some local authorities are not taking responsibility for the problem, and corruption among traffic police is still a problem.
He also stressed the importance of reviewing safety at level crossings and junctions to reduce accidents.
In the first nine months of the year, traffic accidents have fallen at both of these intersections compared to the same period last year, according to a report by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang.
So far this year, there have been more than 16,400 accidents, 6,500 fatalities and nearly 15,000 injuries.
The transport ministry reported that overloaded trucks are still destroying national highways and roads.
Traffic congestion also remained unsolved at peak hours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, especially in bad weather.
Traffic police nationwide have caught over 3 million violations this year and fined drivers VND3 trillion (US$133 million). They have also confiscated over 29,500 cars and 377,400 motorbikes, along with 260,800 driving licences.