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Proposed division of Vietnam’s law on road traffic rejected by most NA deputies

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 16:28 GMT+7
Proposed division of Vietnam’s law on road traffic rejected by most NA deputies
Vietnam’s National Assembly deputies participate in a discussion on the proposed division of the current Law on Road Traffic into two separate laws in Hanoi, November 17, 2020. Photo: quochoi.vn

A majority of National Assembly (NA) deputies disagreed with the idea of separating the current Law on Road Traffic into a new Law on Road Traffic and a Law on Road Traffic Order and Safety.

NA General Secretary Nguyen Hanh Phuc held a ballot to find out NA deputies’ views on the proposed separation on Tuesday morning.

The ballot result showed that 104 lawmakers approved the proposal, equivalent to 21.62 percent of the total number of 481 NA deputies, while 302 other delegates, or 62.7 percent, disagreed with it.

With the result of a majority of disapprovals, the delegates went on to decide whether the second session of the next term of the lawmaking National Assembly, the 15th term, should reconsider the two draft laws -- the amended Law on Road Traffic and the Law on Road Traffic Order and Safety.

There were 251 votes, or 52.1 percent, for the next NA sitting to reassess the two draft laws.

Meanwhile, 153 opinions, or 31.8 percent, suggested the two proposed drafts should be reevaluated at the 11th session of the current NA in March 2021.

Vietnam’s current Law on Road Traffic was passed in 2008 and came into effect on July 1, 2009.

A review of the 10-year implementation of the Law on Road Traffic showed that the law regulated two different areas: road traffic order and safety and road traffic infrastructure and transportation, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

However, road traffic order and safety belong to the fields of security, social order and safety while the development of transport infrastructure involves the economic and technical fields.

These two areas have different targets and subjects, in which road traffic order and safety regulations aim to ensure security and safety for people participating in traffic.

On the other hand, the development of transport infrastructure facilitates socio-economic development and ensures the technical safety of traffic structures. 

The Ministry of Public Security thus proposed an independent new law to regulate the field of road traffic order and safety.

At Tuesday morning’s meeting, the NA members also cast their votes on whether the Ministry of Transport should hand over the function of management, training, and organizing driver's license tests to the Ministry of Public Security,

As many as 321 NA deputies, compared to 86 members, rejected the suggested handover.

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