Central provinces target unsafe roads

A traffic accident caused by a speeding 16-seat van in central Da Nang City. It is reported that 16-seat vans caused 80 per cent of accidents on Quang Ngai-Da Nang and Quy Nhon-Da Nang routes. - VNA/ VNS Photo Lam Thi

A traffic accident caused by a speeding 16-seat van in central Da Nang City. It is reported that 16-seat vans caused 80 per cent of accidents on Quang Ngai-Da Nang and Quy Nhon-Da Nang routes. - VNA/ VNS Photo Lam Thi

DA NANG (VNS)— The transport departments of central Da Nang City and Quang Ngai Province have joined forces for operating a safe bus route between the two localities.

The move is expected to help curb traffic accidents and over-speeding on the route.

Nguyen Xuan Ba, Deputy Director of Da Nang City’s Transport Department, confirmed the news for Viet Nam News on Thursday.

Overloaded 16-seater vans speeding over 100 kilometers an hour had become a common sight on the 130 kilometer-stretch during the past several years, which had resulted in many accidents and rendered passenger travel unsafe.

“We have agreed to strictly supervise the vans travelling between Da Nang and Quang Ngai. We have also installed a Global Positioning System (GPS) in all vans travelling on the route, as well as in vehicles managing the services of all vans,” Ba stated.

“The new route under surveillance, which became operational in October, saw 48 vans travelling between the two locations at a safe and controllable speed of 50 kilometers per hour,” he revealed.

He added that four bus stops and ticket stalls have also been added to the route for the convenience of commuters.

The Deputy Head of Quang Ngai Province’s Safe Traffic Board, Le Hai, reiterated that the new regulations and surveillance of the route will help put a stop to over-speeding and the practice of plying overloaded vehicles on the road.

Earlier, 16-seater vans used to habitually speed on the route in order to pick up as many passengers as they could.

A regular commuter pointed out that almost all vans carried nearly double the number of passengers than required for profit.

Following the agreement between the two transportation departments, vans will receive support for the GPS installation, as well as financial assistance.

Le Chi Thanh, Director of the Quang Ngai-based Thong Nhat transport co-operative, noted that the agreement would also guarantee profits for van owners and drivers with stable vehicles and safe passengers.

According to data, 16-seater vans are involved in 80 per cent of the accidents on the route between Quang Ngai-Da Nang and Quy Nhon-Da Nang.

Some 77 accidents have occurred in Quang Ngai province during the first six months this year, killing 75 people and wounding 42 others. — VNS

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