High school students need more driving skills

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked the Ministry of Education and Training to strengthen education of traffic rules and traffic culture for all students from pre-school to high school. A traffic accident. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Biinh has asked the Ministry of Education and Training to strengthen education of traffic rules and traffic culture for all students from pre-school to high school.  The ministry will be in charge of guiding its departments in cities and provinces to strengthen dissemination of traffic knowledge, said the Deputy PM who is also chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee. Binh made his request at an online conference held on Tuesday to review traffic safety management in the second quarter of this year. Traffic safety is already taught at many pre-schools. Nguyen Hong Thanh, a teacher at Tan Hai Pre-school in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Tan Thanh District, said traffic knowledge had been combined in games, images and songs. "Children are taught to recognise means of transport, some basic traffic signals and traffic lights when playing games or learning a new song," she said. At Ward 8 Pre-school in Vung Tau City, traffic models such as crossroads and traffic roundabouts have been set up to teach children to obey traffic laws. Le Thi Can, the school’s principal, said the use of models had been effective in helping children remember traffic rules. Child-related accidents At the conference, Deputy PM Binh has asked the ministry to co-operate with the…... [read more]

High school students are involved in 90 per cent of child-related traffic accidents in Hanoi, both as drivers of motorbikes and bicycles, and victims. A high school student in Hanoi is stopped by police for violation of road rules.  Another 10 per cent are smaller children driven or carried by adults, according to a study sponsored by the National Committee for Road Safety and the Vietnam Association of Motorbike Manufacturers (VAMM). Results of the study conducted last year and received responses from 2,390 high school students were revealed on Wednesday. As many as 67 per cent of them said that under the age of 15, they walked or rode a bike to school. Once they entered high school, 52 per cent of students surveyed said they now drive electrical bikes or electrical motorbikes to school. About 106,440 electrical bikes and 100,582 electrical motorbikes are reportedly available to families of high school students in Hanoi. Most of the students said that they learnt driving from their parents, and 27 per cent said they were not taught driving skills at schools. Schools are only obliged to provide theoretical road safety lessons. Reports by police and the students’ feedback indicate that most traffic accidents by high school students are the result of speeding, driving in wrong lanes or careless driving. Vice head of National Committee for Road Safety, Khuat Viet Hung, said high school students were vulnerable to traffic accidents because of their modest skills and awareness. He said it was important to…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Hà Nội People's Committee has issued a decision on vehicle parking fees to keep a check on inconsistent and high rates being charged in various parts of the city. As per the decision, the day-time parking duration is from 6am to 6pm, while the night time is from 6pm to 6am the following day. Bicycles, electric bikes and electric motorbikes parked outside apartment buildings, trade centres, tourist attractions, historical and cultural relics, are to be charged VNĐ2,000 (US$0.09) for day, VNĐ3,000 ($0.13) for night, VNĐ4,000 ($0.17) for a wholde day, and VNĐ40,000 ($1.7) per vehicle for a month. For motorbikes, the parking fee is VNĐ3,000 for day; VNĐ5,000 for night; VNĐ7,000 for day and night; and VNĐ70,000 for a month, respectively. At markets, schools and hospitals in suburban districts and Sơn Tây Town, the bike parking fee is reduced by VNĐ1,000 for day time or night time slot and by VNĐ10,000 for monthly parking. In these places, the motorbike parking fee is VNĐ2,000, VNĐ3,000, VNĐ4,000 and VNĐ50,000, respectively, for day time, night time, day and night time, and monthly parking. Parking fees are different at apartment buildings and trade centres that have supervision systems, access card swiping machines and automated technology for counting and printing bills. The fees for day time, night time, day and night and monthly parking for electrical bikes and motorbikes are VNĐ2,000, VNĐ3,000, VNĐ4,000, and VNĐ40,000, respectively. For motorbikes, it is VNĐ5,000, VNĐ6,000, VNĐ10,000 and VNĐ100,000, respectively. In apartment buildings…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - More incentives are required to encourage citizens to use bicycles instead of motorbikes, Khuất Việt Hùng, vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said. "We should come up with more incentives so that bicycles become a means of transportation to work, especially on roads where the speed limit is 30km per hour," Hùng said during a conference promoting a bicycle sharing model in Hà Nội this morning. He said the Vietnamese were too dependent on motorbikes, which were the cause of traffic jams in major cities. Trần Hữu Minh, deputy chief of the committee, said the country's infrastructure needed to develop further for cycling to become common. For example, there should be lanes specified for bicycles, bicycle stops, parking lots and maintenance locations, he said. Nguyễn Xuân Thủy, an independent traffic expert, said it was unlikely that bicycles would become a principal means of transportation in the city. "Those who live in the suburbs can't cycle from there to the city's centre every day," he said. "It will not be until 2025-30, when the city's metro and bus systems have advanced, that citizens will be able to cycle to work on a daily basis." The conference was held to raise concerns and increase participation in a public multi-point bicycle sharing project, which piloted the use of solar energy and electric motorbikes in the city. A report from the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre showed that the project reduced some 20 tonnes of CO2 compared with the use…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi authorities are planning a campaign to crack down on thousands of taxis that have licences from other provinces but operate in the city, the municipal Department of Transport has said. Ha Noi authorities are planning a campaign to crack down on thousands of taxis that have licences from other provinces but operate in the city, the municipal Department of Transport has said. — Photo anninhthudo.vn Chief inspector of the department, Tran Dang Hai, said that currently about 3,000 taxi cabs were operating without the required licences in Ha Noi, contributing to traffic chaos and unhealthy competition among taxi drivers. In 2010, the department blocked taxi firms from adding to their fleets to curb the rapid increase in the number of taxis on the city’s streets. More than 17,000 taxis had already been licensed in the city by that time. In order to skirt the law, many taxi firms registered their number plates in Ha Noi but got their taxi licence badges registered in surrounding provinces. Those taxi cabs with badges from other provinces would reportedly operate in the city instead of their registered locations. Thus, the number of taxis operating in the city continued to rise in the past several years although the authorities ceased granting licenses to new companies, according to the department official. These taxi cabs were from Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh and Ha Nam provinces, the official said. In Bac Ninh Province, 870 taxi cabs licensed…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Hà Nội authorities are planning a campaign to crack down on thousands of taxis that have licences from other provinces but operate in the city, the municipal Department of Transport has said. Chief inspector of the department, Trần Đăng Hải, said that currently about 3,000 taxi cabs were operating without the required licences in Hà Nội, contributing to traffic chaos and unhealthy competition among taxi drivers. In 2010, the department blocked taxi firms from adding to their fleets to curb the rapid increase in the number of taxis on the city's streets. More than 17,000 taxis had already been licensed in the city by that time. In order to skirt the law, many taxi firms registered their number plates in Hà Nội but got their taxi licence badges registered in surrounding provinces. Those taxi cabs with badges from other provinces would reportedly operate in the city instead of their registered locations. Thus, the number of taxis operating in the city continued to rise in the past several years although the authorities ceased granting licenses to new companies, according to the department official. These taxi cabs were from Bắc Ninh, Vĩnh Phúc, Hưng Yên, Hòa Bình, Nam Định and Hà Nam provinces, the official said. In Bắc Ninh Province, 870 taxi cabs licensed by the province are operating in Hà Nội. Lê Ngọc Tuyển, director of the provincial Department of Transport said that police could not give penalties on these taxis as there were no regulations limiting their…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi’s Hoan Kiem District authorities said they would soon take measures to address problems arising from the opening of pedestrian areas around iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword). Walking streets around Hoan Kiem Lake attract thousands of people each day. — Photo: VNS The review meeting was held yesterday, one week after the opening of the walking space, in response to public feedback. The newly-opened pedestrian areas have been welcomed by thousands of people, including local and foreign tourists, who flock to the area to enjoy the walking space and a range of cultural, musical and art performances including photo exhibitions and dragon dancing. Most agreed that it created a comfortable and clean space for pedestrians to relax and be entertained on weekends. However, many people also complained of some drawbacks, such as high parking fees, overcrowded parking lots and traffic jams on some streets leading to the pedestrian areas. In addition, garbage was found in many places although the city had installed an additional 50 dustbins along these streets and assigned hundreds of sanitation workers to keep the space clean. This had polluted the environment and made the area look dirty. Moreover, some people tried to ride electric bikes or electric motorbikes in the areas zoned off for pedestrians, threatening the safety of those walking. Vice Chairman of Hoan Kiem District’s People’s Committee Dinh Hong Phong said many people lacked awareness on how to maintain common spaces, while the shortage of security guards made it difficult…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Hà Nội's Hoàn Kiếm District authorities said they would soon take measures to address problems arising from the opening of pedestrian areas around iconic Hoàn Kiếm (Returned Sword). The review meeting was held yesterday, one week after the opening of the walking space, in response to public feedback. The newly-opened pedestrian areas have been welcomed by thousands of people, including local and foreign tourists, who flock to the area to enjoy the walking space and a range of cultural, musical and art performances including photo exhibitions and dragon dancing. Most agreed that it created a comfortable and clean space for pedestrians to relax and be entertained on weekends. However, many people also complained of some drawbacks, such as high parking fees, overcrowded parking lots and traffic jams on some streets leading to the pedestrian areas. In addition, garbage was found in many places although the city had installed an additional 50 dustbins along these streets and assigned hundreds of sanitation workers to keep the space clean. This had polluted the environment and made the area look dirty. Moreover, some people tried to ride electric bikes or electric motorbikes in the areas zoned off for pedestrians, threatening the safety of those walking. Vice Chairman of Hoàn Kiếm District's People's Committee Đinh Hồng Phong said many people lacked awareness on how to maintain common spaces, while the shortage of security guards made it difficult to supervise every corner of the walking space. To improve the situation,…... [read more]

HCM City runs summer camps for children A programme titled "Proud of children in HCM City" that ended last week featured a wide range of entertainment, sports, arts, music, health care and communications for children and teenagers from across the city. Teenagers and children who are respectively members of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union and Union of Vietnamese Children were sent to camps in Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces of Long An, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh, and Vĩnh Long, the northern provinces of Tuyên Quang and Cao Bằng and Hà Nội. Many activities were held to improve their awareness of environmental protection, including tree planting at schools, parks and historical relics as well as forest camps. Museums in the city, including Hồ Chí Minh Museum, Việt Nam History Museum, War Remnants Museum and Southern Việt Nam Women Museum, allowed them free entry tickets. District-level children's houses also organised various music and art performances, traditional games and contests for them. Dong Nai: 3-mln-USD kindergarten launched for workers' children A kindergarten, which was built for children of workers working at Dona Standards company in Xuan Loc district, the southern province of Dong Nai, was inaugurated on August 19. The Dona Standards Nursery School was invested by Phong Thai Group in the Xuan Loc industrial park with a total sum of 3 million USD. Covering an area of 2.4 ha, the school, equipped with modern facilities, is able to provide care for about 1,000 children. According to representatives from Phong Thai…... [read more]

The Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee has just postponed Decision 20 about the collection of the road maintenance fee from motorbike users in the city because it not is in line with the current law regulation. Earlier, the management council of the city road maintenance fund sent its suggestion to the city’s Justice Department to postpond Decision 20. On April 21, 2015 the city’s People’s Committee inaugurated Decision 20 to implement the collection of the road maintenance fee from motorbike users in the city. The fee was applied to two wheel motorbikes (not including electric motorbikes) which registered in the city.... [read more]




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