Vietnam lawmakers may discuss vehicle fires, fees

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Mysterious vehicle fires which have been occurring across Vietnam since 2010 and the proposed fee on all personal vehicles are likely to be discussed in the National Assembly at its May 21 session.

Nguyen Kim Khoa, chief of the National Assembly's Committee for Defense and Security, said the government needs to report to lawmakers the transport ministry's proposal for collecting fees from personal vehicles, even though it was not listed on the session's agenda, given that it is drawing a great deal of public attention. 

Khoa made the statement at the meeting of the assembly's Standing Committee on Tuesday, where many officials voiced their agreement.

The parliamentary Ethnic Council Chairman Ksor Phuoc said the National Assembly's meeting needs to reflect the highest profile matters, including the leaking problem at the Song Tranh 2 dam in the central province of Quang Nam.

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Meanwhile, Phan Xuan Dung, chief of the National Assembly's Committee for Science, Technology and Environment, said that his agency planned to report on the vehicle fires which still remain unsolved and continue to worry the public.

According to the Ministry of Public Security's report to Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai last week, 324 vehicles caught fire across the country in 2010 and 2011. Incomplete statistics showed that another 65 cases have been recorded in the first three months of this year.

During the one-month session, Vietnamese lawmakers will also vote on 13 bills, including a draft of the Vietnamese Sea Law, one resolution and give their opinions on seven other potential laws.

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