About 200,000 passenger buses and tractor-trailers in Vietnam are required to be equipped with onboard cameras prior to July in accordance with a new decree.
The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has asked local transport departments to remind transport businesses of the upcoming implementation of Government Decree No. 10.
In accordance with this regulation, approximately 200,000 passenger buses and tractor-trailers in the country will have to be outfitted with onboard cameras before July 1.
Transport businesses are recommended to select cameras that use 4G or 5G mobile networks to ensure optimal transmission of images and avoid wastefulness, as 2G technology will soon be scrapped in compliance with the roadmap of the Ministry of Information and Communications.
Camera data must include such information as driver's license numbers, number plates, time, and GPS coordinates.
The camera coverage area must include the cabin of the vehicle, its doors, and the driver.
The data of each vehicle must be sent to the corresponding transport businesses and the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam for 12-20 times per hour.
Police officers and traffic inspectors will be allowed to access camera footage to facilitate their investigation and inspection.
The Vietnam Automobile Transport Association previously petitioned the Ministry of Transport and the government to postpone the implementation of Decree No. 10.
Many transport businesses had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while installing such cameras would be expensive, the association cited.
For example, a 30-seater coach would need to be equipped with four cameras costing up to VND11 million (US$476), while data transmission would cost another VND240,000-320,000 ($10.3-13.8) per month.
However, the proposal of the Vietnam Automobile Transport Association was rejected.