Those who deliberately drive motorbikes on expressways in Vietnam will have those vehicles confiscated in the future, according to a draft regulation from the National Traffic Safety Committee.
The new penalty has been suggested in the Transport Minister’s instructions on proposing the government apply a heavier sanction on people who drive motorbikes on expressways, news website VnExpress quoted Khuat Viet Hung, deputy chairman of the committee, as saying on Thursday.
A heavier penalty that needs to be considered by the government is “to confiscate infringing motorbikes and put them on auction to earn revenue that will be used to support poor people,” Hung said.
“The committee is drafting a document on this new sanction to submit it to the government for consideration,” the official said, adding that the proposed new rule is one of the possible solutions aimed at preventing traffic violations and lowering the number of traffic accidents.
Under current regulations, for the sake of traffic safety, all motorbikes are banned from traveling on expressways.
Under Decree 171/2013 by the government on administrative penalties in the field of road traffic, those driving motorbikes on expressways with prohibition signs shall be fined only VND200,000-400,000 (US$9.4-18.8).
When those violators cause an accident, they will also have their driver’s licenses revoked for two months.
However, many people intentionally drive motorbikes on many expressway routes nationwide, such as the Phap Van-Cau Gie expressway in Hanoi and the Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway that links the capital to the northern province of Lao Cai, despite signboards banning motorbikes, according to VnExpress.
These violators even resist traffic police officers who try to stop their law-breaking acts, the newswire added.
During the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, from February 15 to 23, more than 7,000 motorbikes were impounded in traffic violations, VnExpress quoted Hung as saying.
According to the committee's statistics, about 536 traffic accidents occurred nationwide over these nine days, causing 317 deaths and 509 injuries.
As such, 35 people died per day on average during the nine days, the committee said, adding that the daily death toll increased by three compared to the same period last year.
In comparison with last year’s Tet vacation, which also lasted for nine days, the number of accidents and injured people dropped by 6.9 percent and 13.9 percent respectively, but the death toll rose by 35, or 12.4 percent, the committee said.