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Vietnamese long-haul bus company to face inspection following deadly crash

Vietnamese long-haul bus company to face inspection following deadly crash

Monday, October 02, 2023, 19:05 GMT+7
Vietnamese long-haul bus company to face inspection following deadly crash
The scene of a fatal crash between a sleeper bus operated by Thanh Buoi Bus Company, a Vietnamese provider of transport services, and a 16-seater car that killed five people and injured four others on September 30, 2023. Photo: A.B / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City transport authority will inspect the compliance of Thanh Buoi Bus Company with regulations on providing transport services using passenger buses on Thursday this week, just a few days after a fatal crash between a Thanh Buoi sleeper bus and a 16-seater car killed five people and injured four.

Aside from Thanh Buoi, two other passenger transport businesses, namely Thien Y and Hoa Hao, will undergo the inspection, the municipal Department of Transport said on Monday.

The department earlier formed an inspection team on September 12 to check the three businesses’ compliance with the said regulations, as they were found to have flouted the law multiple times.

The inspection, initially slated to take place from October 15 to November 15, was rescheduled to Thursday this week as required by the prime minister following the deadly crash involving a Thanh Buoi sleeper bus.

The fatal collision occurred on the National Highway 20 section passing through Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam on September 30.

According to a police report, the Thanh Buoi sleeper bus was speeding at 69 kilometers per hour and failed to keep a safe distance when overtaking a truck.

Consequently, the sleeper bus sideswiped the truck and crashed into a 16-seater car traveling in the opposite direction.

Police in Dong Nai said that the driver of the sleeper bus, identified as Hoang Van Tinh, 37, was driving without a license, which had been revoked prior to the accident.

Findings from Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper show that the Thanh Buoi sleeper bus implicated in this crash had its badge revoked three times in 2023.

A traffic police official told Tuoi Tre that data from the Department for Roads of Vietnam’s GPS system only serves the revocation of transport badges from vehicles that violate traffic rules, but not serves sanctions against traffic violators.

Also, prevailing regulations on revoking and regranting transport badges, which are needed for transport firms to offer their services, remain inadequate.

Thus, a transport firm can ask to get a new badge after its old one is revoked.

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Hong Ngan - Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre News

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