Vietnam lawmakers want traffic fines paid to state exchequer

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The National Assembly's Law Committee has proposed that traffic fines be paid to the state exchequer instead of being distributed to traffic police departments and other agencies.

The proposal was made in a report the committee recently sent to each lawmaker on the supervision of traffic law enforcement.

The report cited central government statistics over the past three years as saying that relevant authorities have collected administrative fines of more than VND6.7 trillion (US$321.7), mostly from traffic fines.

Currently, the management of the money is governed by several governmental decrees and Finance Ministry circulars.

However, the Law Committee said the regulations have loopholes and contradictions.

Currently, all administrative fines go to provincial level agencies, of which 70 percent are for traffic police departments, 10 percent for transportation inspectors, 10 percent for the provincial traffic safety committee and the rest for other "forces" maintaining traffic order.

The committee said the decrees and circulars allowing provincial agencies to use the money are contradictory to the Law on Handling Administrative Offends and State Budget Law. The committee has proposed annulling these regulations.

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