Deputy PM asks to reduce traffic accidents by 5-10 percent

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, who is Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, asked the ministries, agencies and local governments to make concerted efforts to reduce the number of traffic accidents by 5-10 percent in 2017 from the previous year.

Deputy PM asks to reduce traffic accidents by 5-10 percent

Deputy PM Binh made a requirement at an online meeting to review the traffic order in the first nine months and implement the mission for the fourth quarter. 
As per the National Committee for Traffic Safety, as many as 14,346 traffic accidents occurred nationwide in the first nine months, leaving 6,113 dead and 11,785 injured. Compared to the same period, traffic accidents dropped by 5 percent on the number of cases, the death toll and injuries.
Forty-three cities and provinces nationwide reported a reduction of traffic accidents and fifteen provinces had a surge of traffic accidents compared the same period of 2016. In the first nine months of 2017, traffic wardens handled nearly 3.5 million violations in roads, railway and river collecting fines of VND2 trillion and seized 535,934 vehicles.
Deputy PM said that the party and the government requested relevant agencies and local administration to adopt synchronous measures in both short and long-term to control traffic order. However, traffic accidents have still occurred causing huge loss and social concerns.
Worse, traffic accidents all related to passenger coaches, “black spot” or intersection between the road and railway… moreover, overloaded buses are increasing in everywhere; consequently, traffic gridlocks have seen in big cities especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Deputy PM Binh highly praised the Mekong delta province of Ca Mau, the northern provinces of Cao Bang and Quang Ninh in which traffic accidents have fallen over 35 percent. The Ministry of Finance has submitted the traffic order spending planning on localities.
The deputy PM asked chairpersons of people’s committees in cities and provinces such as the central provinces of Quang Binh, Khanh Hoa, Quang Tri, the northern provinces of Hai Phong, Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau, the Mekong delta city of Can Tho and with traffic death rate over 10 percent and two provinces with death-toll of over 40 percent.
He pointed out some localities issued license of sand exploitation in rivers but administrations neglected managements leading to illicit exploitation and erosion. Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and big cities should handle personal vehicles and take heed to develop public transportation to crack down congestion. He suggested Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and big cities to have plan to keep traffic orders and pavement order to facilitate pedestrians and public vehicles.
The Ministry of Transport was asked to complete the regulation and tackle “ black spots” - road locations that have a record of large numbers of crashes.
Additionally, it must liaise with provincial people’s committee to eliminate intersection between roads and railway. Furthermore, the Ministry should re-arrange operation and traffic order in BOT toll booths.
The Deputy PM requested localities to tighten inspections over vehicles’ loading capacity in order to soon stop operations of overloaded vehicles.

By PHAN THAO - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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