The Hanoi Department of Transport recently combined with the Vietnam Vehicle Registration Agency to check the quality of coaches in the city. Up to 22 percent of inspected coaches are unsafe, the department reported.
The two agencies randomly checked 89 coaches at the coach stations of Giap Bat, My Dinh and Gia Lam on June 7. They detected 37 coaches that did not meet standards, equivalent to 41.5 percent, including 27 coaches that failed to meet criteria on exhaust fumes and 20 others did not satisfy standards on brake systems.
Inspections at My Dinh coach station on April 12 revealed seven out of 19 coaches did not meet standards.
Inspections at My Dinh and Giap Bat on April 16-17 detected 19 out of 46 coaches violated regulations on safety.
All drivers and representatives of related transport companies were summoned to make a commitment on upgrading vehicles to ensure conditions on safety.
The two agencies will continue inspecting coaches in June.
So far this year, traffic inspectors imposed fine worth nearly VND1 billion ($50,000) on over 2,600 coaches for violating traffic and safety rules.
The Hanoi Transport Corporation (Transerco) has announced to put into operation 52 new buses. It also confirmed that all of its busses are less than 10 years old.
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