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Ho Chi Minh City police crack down on dilapidated motorbikes, DUI drivers

Ho Chi Minh City police crack down on dilapidated motorbikes, DUI drivers

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 14:44 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police crack down on dilapidated motorbikes, DUI drivers
A traffic police officer books a dilapidated motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City have continued the campaign to deal with dilapidated motorbikes that lack license plates, headlights, rear-view mirrors, and horns, as well as cases of driving under the influence (DUI).

The campaign to tackle old and unsafe motorbikes, which are responsible for a large portion of vehicle emissions in Vietnam’s big cities, was initiated on Monday in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward in Thu Duc City.

Traffic police officers spent Tuesday handling motorbikes in bad conditions in Cho Lon, District 5.

At their checkpoint set up near the intersection of Vo Van Kiet Avenue and Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, within one hour, officers confiscated many motorcycles, the majority of which were Honda 50-cubic-centimeter (cc) Cups, Honda Dreams, and Waves with their manufacture dating back to the early 2000s.

A traffic police officer seizes dilapidated motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer seizes dilapidated motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Upon the confiscation of the dilapidated motorcycles, their owners made different excuses, blaming the use of these vehicles on the requirements of their jobs and their financial conditions.

“I just ride whatever vehicles my employer gives me,” said T.T., a 33-year-old male day laborer, who was caught riding a rickety motorbike without any rear-view mirror, headlight or horn.

“My boss will fire me if you seize the motorbike."

A dilapidated motorcycle is booked by traffic police officers in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A dilapidated motorbike is booked by traffic police officers in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Like T., A.M., a 26-year-old day laborer, said his employer did not want to spend money fixing the vehicles used for his business.

On Monday evening, the Ho Chi Minh City traffic police patrolling the streets also caught many DUI drivers in a nationwide crackdown that will last until December 31.

According to current regulations, car drivers and motorcyclists must have a blood alcohol level of zero.

A traffic police officer books a dilapidated motorcycle in Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer books a dilapidated motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer seizes dilapidated motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer seizes dilapidated motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police officers book a DUI case in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police officers book a DUI case in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police officers book a DUI case in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police officers book a DUI case in Ho Chi Minh City, March 15, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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