Transport Minister admits to poor road quality

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has selected four key projects for comprehensive inspection to uncover the reasons for their poor implementation. The Transport Construction Quality Control and Management Bureau assigned to investigate cracks that had appeared on the Thang Long Bridge  The minister announced the inspections of the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway (Ho Chi Minh City to Tien Giang Province), Thang Long Bridge (Hanoi), the Thang Long Highway (Hanoi) and the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Highway (Hanoi to Ninh Binh Province), in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of a conference on traffic safety measures on November 28.…... [read more]

.More than 20 of these giant holes have appeared so far this this year, the same number as appeared in the whole of last year.—File Photo HCM CITY (VNS)— Giant holes known as "holes of death" are appearing in greater numbers in the streets of HCM City because of inferior road construction and authorities just can't figure out how to control the situation.Caused by subsidences, the giant holes have appeared in Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong streets and along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal.They're called "holes of death" because in many cases they appear suddenly and motorcycles and…... [read more]

On opening the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized that transport plays an important role in each country’s socioeconomic development as well as the prosperity of the region.Interconnectivity in terms of transport is an indispensable factor to put the plan of an ASEAN community into practice in 2015 and is imperative for the region’s recovery from the global economic downturn, he said.The PM also called for greater effort from ASEAN countries in cooperating to promote the creation of transport corridors among member countries. He said it is now time to get rid of bottlenecks and traffic jams as well…... [read more]

Regarding the Transport Ministry’s controversial proposal on levying fees on personal vehicles and cars that enter a city’s downtown during rush hour, Minister Dinh La Thang said the proposal has been based on a National Assembly resolution and will benefit the entire people.    Transport Minister Dinh La Thang speaks at the press conference  He made the statement at Tuesday’s press conference on the fees, which the minister said would help reduce traffic accidents, ease congestion, and create a financial source for traffic infrastructure improvement.  Meanwhile, the media has published many experts’ concerns that the proposal would lead to overlapping…... [read more]

by Thuy Anh (VNS) A proposed circular on the road-maintenance fee from the Ministry of Finance, expected to come into effect early next year, is causing alarm among transport companies. "[The fee] will increase the number of transport companies going bankrupt, which will have serious impacts on society, including increasing the unemployment rate," Truong Tri Minh, vice chairman of the Hai Phong Cargo Transport Association warned. Companies in the sector already have to pay taxes on vehicles, registration, and number plates, verification fees for the vehicles, income tax, and others, he said. Around 40 per cent of the 2,000 cargo…... [read more]

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang suspended the director of the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway, La Chi Duc on November 21.    Potholes on HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway This was part of an effort to assign individual responsibility for the deterioration of the road, which has only been in use for more than one year. Thang requested that the investor, Cuu Long Corporation for Investment, Development and Project Management of Transport Infrastructure (Cuu Long CIPM), formerly known as My Thuan Project Management Unit, deal strictly with the violations which led to the bad quality of the road. The company is required…... [read more]

Earlier, the Minister lodged his resignation to Party and State leaders.In the resignation letter, Binh admitted that in his capacity as Minister, he has failed to fulfil his management responsibilities, resulting in the occurrence of negative phenomena at Project Management Unit No18 (PMU18) and in the implementation of many capital construction projects, as well as a number of serious traffic accidents. The minister resigned from both the posts of Minister of Transport and Secretary of the ministry's Party Civil Affairs Committee. He also withdrew from the list of delegates to the 10th National Party Congress and pledged to continue taking…... [read more]

The Vietnamese delegation to the event was led by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Lao Prime Minister ThongsinhThammavong said he believes that the meeting will help create linksbetween the regional countries, thus promoting cooperation in thetransport field, towards establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by2015. The meeting reviewed the implementation of recentcooperation programmes, technical projects and agreements among thecountries, and mapped out plans for cooperation in the field in 2014 andsubsequent years. Participants committed to building aneffective, safe and connected transport system to promote futureeconomic connectivity in the region. The meeting approved theAir Transport Economic…... [read more]

Transport Minister, Dinh La Thang, inspected the prices of goods and services at Noi Bai Airport on December 29. Transport Minister Dinh La Thang checking goods and service prices at Noi Bai International Airport The minister checked and compared prices to those in the market and stressed to the businesses functioning there the importance of providing a high quality goods and services at reasonable prices. Minister Thang also bought some products at airport restaurants to observe the quality for himself. Besides, he asked the airport management board to ensure security order, particularly the goods checking work, when Tet is nearing.…... [read more]

Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia has been appointed Party chief of Da Nang on Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after his predecessor Nguyen Xuan Anh was ousted from this position. Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party on Friday fired Anh and dismissed him from the Central Committee, one of the country's most powerful bodies, as punishment for misconduct in the central city. The Central Inspection Committee concluded last Friday that Anh had violated the Party’s democratic centralism principles by making multiple decisions without consulting others, besides personal misconduct. He also set a bad example by accepting a car and two…... [read more]