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Vietnam to require driver's license for electric bicycles, mopeds

Vietnam to require driver's license for electric bicycles, mopeds

Sunday, December 20, 2020, 15:44 GMT+7
Vietnam to require driver's license for electric bicycles, mopeds
Commuters are seen commuting on an electric bicycle without wearing crash helmets in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: N.C.T. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam will demand a driver's license for a person to ride electric bicycles and mopeds, according to its road safety strategy for the next decades.

The 'National Road Safety Strategy for 2021-30, with a Vision for 2045' envisions a traffic system that ensures safety, connectivity, convenience, effectiveness, and eco-friendliness.

Most notably, it demands a mandatory driver's license for users of electric bicycles with less than 4kW of engine capacity and mopeds with with less than 50cc of engine capacity.

The action plan also looks to improve infrastructure and traffic coordination by patching up notorious spots at high risk of traffic accidents in the road system, as well as thorough quality appraisal for road maintenance and construction projects.

The plan promises to ban all outdated motorized vehicles from commuting, while monitoring the emission level of all fossil fuel-powered vehicles on a regular basis.

All car owners will be required to adopt e-wallet solutions to pay for traffic tickets and other road services.

The plan seeks to get all road commuters educated on road traffic law as well as skills to commute safely.

Its nine-module resolution, which addresses aspects of administration, institution, policy, infrastructure, vehicles, vehicle users, education and propaganda, monitoring and evaluation, and others, was already approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Congested traffic is seen on Tran Quoc Hoan Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre.

Congested traffic is seen on Tran Quoc Hoan Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre.

In terms of solutions for vehicle users, the prime minister proposed a roadmap until 2025 which prompts relevant agencies to adjust the expiry date of driver's licenses pursuant to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

The strategy mentions action plans until 2025 to monitor emissions of fossil fuel-based vehicles and integrate tech solutions into vehicle administration.

Driver's licenses for electric bicycles and mopeds with less than 50cc of engine capacity are a must, according to a leader of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Transport.

He also proposed a speed cap as another measure to divide and regulate electric bicycles, as the small-capacity vehicle is designed to reach high speed and poses immense risk of accidents on the streets.

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Xuan Tung - Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre News

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