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Long-haul bus operator fined for carrying passengers nearly double capacity in Vietnam

Friday, May 01, 2020, 10:08 GMT+7
Long-haul bus operator fined for carrying passengers nearly double capacity in Vietnam
The passenger bus of Van Thanh Company is pulled over in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa have fined the operator of a 46-seater long-haul bus for letting the vehicle carry up to 80 passengers.

The municipal Department of Police confirmed it had imposed a VND51 million (US$2,190) penalty upon Van Thanh Passenger Transport Company on Thursday.

Traffic policers were patrolling in Bac Son Ward, Bim Son Town on the morning of the same day when they decided to pull over a long-haul bus of Van Thanh Company for an inspection.

The bus, No. 34B-024.21, was only designed to have 46 seats but it was actually carrying a total of 80 passengers.

The driver of the vehicle was Bui Anh Tuan, 35, who resides in the northern province of Hai Duong.

A traffic police officer works with the driver of the passenger bus in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam on April 30, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer works with the driver of the passenger bus in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam on April 30, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

The passenger bus plies a fixed route between Hai Duong and Thanh Hoa Provinces.

After the violation was booked, Van Thanh Company was required to mobilize an extra vehicle to transport the passengers to their destination.

All passengers had their body temperature measured and did not show any sign of abnormal health conditions.

Aside from the fine, the transport firm also had its badge, which is needed to run transport services, revoked.

The driver also had his license taken away for two months.

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