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Ho Chi Minh City traffic police chief pays to settle driver’s lawsuit

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 11:14 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City traffic police chief pays to settle driver’s lawsuit
A traffic police officer on duty in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The chief of the Ho Chi Minh City traffic police division has agreed to pay a truck driver VND30 million (US$1,290) to settle the man’s lawsuit, after he sued the officer for a wrongly issued traffic penalty in early 2018.

The settlement was reached after a court mediation session between Le Dac Manh, a local resident, and the head of the road and railway traffic police division under the city’s Department of Police.

Manh was driving his truck in Binh Thanh District on January 22, 2018, when he was pulled over by a traffic police officer who suspected the vehicle had violated the weight limit.

Manh pulled over but refused to produce his driver’s license and other documents, confident that he did nothing wrong.

The man was eventually booked for failure to obey a police order.

His truck was then towed away to a weigh station to have its mass measured. The result showed that the truck did not violate the weight limit.

Manh was allowed to have his vehicle back, but his documents were still confiscated by police officers.

He was slapped with a fine of VND2.3 million ($98) five days later.

The truck driver submitted a letter of complaint to the traffic police division to express his objection to the penalty, but the document was rejected.

He then reported the case to the Ho Chi Minh City police department, demanding compensation worth VND18 million ($774) for the loss of income in the two months when he had his driver’s license confiscated.

As the request was once again denied, Manh filed a lawsuit against the chief of the municipal traffic police division, this time asking for compensation worth VND30 million ($1,290).

The man has withdrawn the lawsuit after receiving the compensation he asked for.

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