Trans­port sec­tor must boost safety

Viet Nam News - - NA­TIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Trònh Ñình Duõng yes­ter­day re­quested the trans­port sec­tor to in­crease its ef­forts to pre­vent and re­duce traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

Speak­ing at a year-end re­view meet­ing with of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Trans­port, Duõng ac­knowl­edged the sever­ity of sev­eral road ac­ci­dents that took place across the coun­try in 2018.

He asked the min­istry to re­view road traf­fic reg­u­la­tions and col­lab­o­rate with other sec­tors to tackle the is­sue in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner.

“The trans­port min­istry needs to work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Traf­fic Com­mit­tee, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and lo­cal­i­ties to have tougher mea­sures to re­duce traf­fic ac­ci­dents this year, es­pe­cially dur­ing the up­com­ing Teát (Lu­nar New Year) hol­i­day,” he said.

He re­quested the min­istry to shake up the man­age­ment, main­te­nance and ex­ploita­tion of trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, as well as put tighter con­trols on ve­hi­cle loads and driver train­ing and test­ing.

The Deputy PM said the Viet­namese Gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to the trans­porta­tion sec­tor in tack­ling the ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges it is fac­ing.

He stressed the im­por­tant mis­sions the sec­tor would take on this year as a “pi­o­neer­ing sec­tor” in the coun­try’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion process.

“The trans­port sec­tor should pro­vide the Gov­ern­ment with ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions on de­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture, make sure on­go­ing projects fin­ish on time and re­struc­ture trans­port ser­vices to re­duce lo­gis­tics costs and in­crease the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the coun­try’s econ­omy,” he said.

Duõng asked the sec­tor to fo­cus on build­ing and per­fect­ing in­sti­tu­tions, poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions in the field of trans­porta­tion.

They should be con­sid­ered a lead­ing fac­tor in cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and a de­ci­sive fac­tor in call­ing for in­vest­ments and mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to de­velop the in­fra­struc­ture sys­tem, he said.

The trans­port min­istry should re­view and make ad­just­ments, if nec­es­sary, to cur­rent de­vel­op­ment plans, he added.

They should also take de­lib­er­ate ac­tion to de­velop com- pre­hen­sive plans for the 202130 pe­riod that in­volve roads, rail­ways, avi­a­tion, sea­ports and in­land wa­ter­ways, he said.

“The plans must en­sure con­nec­tions among dif­fer­ent trans­port modes, as well as be­tween eco­nomic zones, in­dus­trial parks and sea­ports,” Duõng said. “They should also con­nect lo­cal trans­port net­works with the na­tional one.”

The im­ple­men­ta­tion sched­ule of those plans must also be planned care­fully; their cap­i­tal struc­ture, cap­i­tal sources and in­vest­ment pri­or­i­ties must be iden­ti­fied, he said. — VNS

The scene of a rail­way ac­ci­dent that in­jured two in the south- cen­tral prov­ince of Ninh Thuaän in Au­gust 2018. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Trònh Ñình Duõng or­dered min­istries to have tougher mea­sures to re­duce traf­fic ac­ci­dents. — VNA/ VNS Photo Coâng Thöû

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