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Helmet law for kids largely ignored across Vietnam

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 16:19 GMT+7

The regulation that children above six years old must wear a crash helmet when traveling on motorbikes took effect on Friday, but the rule was not complied with in various localities nationwide.

In Hanoi, traffic police began to handle cases in which drivers of motorbikes carrying children more than six years old without bearing a crash helmet from 6:30 am yesterday.

They also stopped students driving motorbikes or electric bicycle without bearing a helmet.

Patrol police teams were also sent to routes where many schools or recreational centers are located to handle violations of the regulation.  

A traffic police officer handles a violation in which a woman carries a teen girl on a scooter without wearing a helmet in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

At the intersection of Quang Trung-Le Trong Tan Streets in Ha Dong District, a police team handled a lot of violations by parents who carried their children and by children who drove electric bicycles. During three hours on duty at this location, the team fined to 25 violators, said Senior Lieutenant Pham Ngoc Thanh, a police official in Hanoi. The fine ranges from VND100,000 (US$4.63) to VND200,000 ($9.3) for those driving or riding motorbikes or electric bicycles without crash helmets or with helmets worn incorrectly. However, under current regulations, in case students under 16 years old drive bikes or electric bicycles, police do not fine them, but give them a warning and record their names, home addresses and schools. Notices of their violations will later be sent to their families or schools. From April 6 to 9, Hanoi police coordinated with the Department of Education and Training to call on all schools to ask their students to follow the new regulation.  

A child is carried on a bike without wearing a helmet in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Police in Ho Chi Minh also handled violators on Friday and worked with schools on the regulation. Police said they will send lists of student violating the rule to their schools. However, a lot of children were found being carried on motorbikes without  wearing a helmet on various streets.    The same situations were seen yesterday in many other localities including the southern province of Dong Nai, the central cities of Hue and Da Nang, and Nghe An and Quang Binh provinces, both also in the central region.

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