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Sleeper bus drivers booked for careless driving on mountain pass in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Sleeper bus drivers booked for careless driving on mountain pass in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 13:42 GMT+7
Sleeper bus drivers booked for careless driving on mountain pass in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
This screenshot from social media footage recorded by a dashcam shows Phuong Trang sleeper buses recklessly speeding on the Bao Loc mountain pass in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2022.

Police in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong summoned three sleeper bus drivers working for Phuong Trang transport firm on Wednesday after a video of the three drivers speeding and driving against oncoming traffic surfaced online.

The drivers – 54-year-old Huynh Ngoc Tam, 44-year-old Huynh Tan Bon, and 51-year-old Mai Huu Tri, all hailing from Lam Dong Province – were each driving Phuong Trang sleeper buses on Bao Loc mountain pass on National Highway 20 from Da Lat City to Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of June 12, according to the footage, which was recorded on a dashcam by another driver.

The sleeper buses appeared to be driving in a caravan and on the wrong side of the road.

Following the video’s publication on social media, netizens targeted criticism at the three drivers for their reckless endangerment.

During Wednesday’s working session at the police station, all three drivers admitted to their violations.

Three sleeper bus drivers (L) of Phuong Trang transport firm were booked on June 15, 2022 after recklessly speeding on Bao Loc mountain pass in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2022. Photo: P. Quan / Tuoi Tre

Three sleeper bus drivers (L) of Phuong Trang transport firm were booked on June 15, 2022 after recklessly speeding on Bao Loc mountain pass in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2022. Photo: P. Quan / Tuoi Tre

Details on their punishments, however, have yet to be announced.

Phuong Trang issued a written apology to customers and the public following the incident, stating that the firm will suspend wage payment to the drivers for three months as a punishment, alongside additional fines.

The company will also punish the director of its Lam Dong office, its quality control team, and other related staff for failing to prevent the wrongdoings.

The Bao Loc mountain pass is considered a hot spot for traffic accidents, the majority of which were caused by reckless lane encroachment and speeding.

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