A man has been fined VND5.5 million (US$237) and had his driver’s license revoked for two months for illegally parking his automobile to take a group photo with his friends on an expressway in northern Vietnam.
The traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security confirmed on Thursday they had imposed the penalties on Ngo Ba Kha, 26, a resident of the northern province of Bac Ninh, for “illegal parking on an expressway.”
Kha admitted that he was the driver of the automobile bearing the license plate 99A-196.53 and that he had parked the vehicle on the hard shoulder of the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway to snap a photo with his friends on March 7.
Officers considered Kha’s actions a threat to traffic safety and made their decision in accordance with the law.
|Ngo Ba Kha works with an officer in this photo supplied by the traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security.|
The case first captured public attention when a photo of Kha and seven other men was posted to social media and quickly went viral.
The management of the expressway later confirmed that the group of men had parked their two cars on the hard shoulder of the road at around 9:15 am.
Only one of the automobiles belonged to Kha, who stepped forward after the photo circulated online.
The other vehicle bore the license plate 30E-114.23, whose owner has yet to show up at the police station.
The group left the expressway after taking the photo.
CCTV footage of the incident was submitted by the expressway management to the traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security.