A car driver in Ho Chi Minh City has been slapped with a fine worth over VND14 million for using a fake license plate and sounding a siren while traveling on the street.
Traffic police officers in District 2 on Tuesday imposed the VND14.7 million (US$633) fine upon Dao Minh Thanh, 35, for his violations of traffic regulations.
The offenses include repeated horn honking in a residential area, putting a siren on a vehicle not authorized to carry the device, and a lack of car registration and insurance.
The car also carried a fake blue license plate, which often designates vehicles as being owned by state organizations.
Thanh was caught on camera driving the automobile and switching on the siren along Nguyen Duy Trinh Street in District 2 on the evening of October 20.
The vehicle then stopped in front of a house, before Thanh, a woman, and two children got out of the car and walked inside.
During a working session with police officers, Thanh said he had borrowed the car from a woman.
He added that one of the kids inside the car had turned on the siren.
The woman, who owns the vehicle, said she had recently bought it from another person whose whereabouts was unclear.
Both Thanh and the woman failed to present any document proving the origin of the car.
Competent agencies have confiscated the automobile and are working to determine its origin.
Further penalties will be imposed if any violation is detected, police said.
In Vietnam, sirens are allowed to be used on ambulances, police cars, certain state cars, and fire trucks, but not on civilian vehicles.