Old ve­hi­cles threaten road users

Viet Nam News - - FEA­TURES -

HCM CITY — Over 200,000 old au­to­mo­biles ply the coun­try’s roads though they are no longer li­censed to do so, pos­ing a threat to the com­mu­nity, with­out au­thor­i­ties find­ing a way to stop them.

There were 206,199 old ve­hi­cles as of Jan­uary 1, ac­cord­ing to the Vieät Nam Regis­ter De­part­ment.

The law al­lows buses to be used for 20 years, trucks for 25 years.

“Out-of-date au­to­mo­biles are widely used to trans­port agri­cul­tural, forestry and seafood prod­ucts, and even as school buses in re­mote and moun­tain­ous ar­eas be­cause there are few au­thor­i­ties in such ar­eas and they do not pay at­ten­tion to the prob­lem,” Khuaát Vieät Huøng, vice chair­man of the Na­tional Traf­fic Safety Com­mit­tee, told Thanh Nieân ( Young Peo­ple) news­pa­per.

Un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, all out-of-date ve­hi­cles have to be taken off the road and their reg­is­tra­tion pa­pers and num­ber plates sur­ren­dered to rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Own­ers can phys­i­cally keep their ve­hi­cles but not use them in pub­lic.

But in prac­tice only a small num­ber of reg­is­tra­tion pa­pers and plates have been sur­ren­dered and au­thor­i­ties do not know where most of them are.

HCM City has the largest num­ber of out-of-date au­to­mo­biles, with the own­ers of only 220 out of 3,142 au­to­mo­biles sur­ren­der­ing their doc­u­ments and plates as of 2017.

Since 2016 traf­fic in­spec­tors have caught only one such ve­hi­cle on the streets.

The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar in Ñaø Naüng, with au­thor­i­ties find­ing only two out of 1,000 out-of-date au­to­mo­biles in the last three years.

A HCM City Traf­fic Po­lice spokesman said they often re­view the list of ex­pired au­to­mo­biles and call on own­ers to re­turn their pa­pers.

“How­ever, it is a very dif­fi­cult task be­cause such ve­hi­cles are often sold re­peat­edly and it is hard to track down own­ers, be­sides many do not in­tend to turn in the pa­pers to the au­thor­i­ties.”

Huøng said, “The so­lu­tion is ed­u­ca­tion, in­creas­ing aware­ness among the pub­lic and ve­hi­cle own­ers be­sides tight­en­ing in­spec­tions and slap­ping strict fines on vi­o­la­tors.”

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Nguyeãn Leâ Ninh of the HCM City Father­land Front Com­mit­tee said: “The Gov­ern­ment should con­sider al­low­ing own­ers to up­grade their ve­hi­cles, and then check them. If they meet safety stan­dards, they could be used again.”

This would en­sure traf­fic safety and not cause losses to their own­ers and is ap­pro­pri­ate for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Vieät Nam, he added. — VNS

An en­gi­neer in­spects the un­der­car­riage of an old truck. Un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, all out-of-date ve­hi­cles have to be taken off the road and their reg­is­tra­tion pa­pers and num­ber plates sur­ren­dered to rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties. — VNA/VNS Photo

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