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Cyclists will be fined if drinking and riding: new order

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 14:18 GMT+7
Cyclists will be fined if drinking and riding: new order
The scene of a drunk-driving crash that killed a street sweeper in Hanoi on April 22, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Bicyclists will be fined from 2020 onward if they drink and ride, according to a new government decree.

Cyclists shall be subject to a VND400,000-600,000 (US$17.3-26) fine when they are found riding after drinking alcoholic beverages, says Government Decree 100/2019/ND-CP that will be in effect on January 1.

The new fiat replaces Government Decree 46/2016/ND-CP and its effective date coincides with that of Vietnam’s Law on Prevention and Control of Harmful Effects of Alcoholic Beverages.

The law strictly bans a person from driving a vehicle after drinking alcoholic beverages.

So the decree is meant to complement and enforce the law when prohibiting bicycle riders from drink-driving.  

Car drivers will be fined VND30-40 million ($1,297-1,729) and have their driving license revoked for 22-24 months if they break regulations on drink-driving.

Motorcyclists will face a VND6-8 million ($259-346) and have their driving license revoked for 22-24 months for the same offense.

The decree also stipulates heavier punishments for those driving while high on drugs, traveling in wrong lanes and on wrong sides, speeding, driving on wrong roads, and backing up on highways.  

Images and videos captured by individual or institutional devices can be used for cracking down on traffic rule violations, according to the piece of legislation.

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