Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered transport agencies to inspect traffic signs on the country's first car-only highway following a year of frequent deadly accidents on the road.
Figures from the expressway's management board showed that more than 6,600 accidents had occurred on the road from its opening in early March 2010 to June 20 this year, killing 18 people and leaving dozens of others injured.
Most of the accidents happened at night, a report from the board said. The report indicated tire punctures, speeding, sleep-deprived drivers and cars not keeping a proper distance between each other were the main causes of the accidents.
The road was designed for four wheel vehicles only, but the ohly sign stating so was too small to be read by passing motorists, even at low speeds.
Hai also asked the Ministry of Public Security to check vehicles on the expressway and punish those with technical problems, news website VnExpress said Wednesday.
The 60 kilometer expressway connecting HCMC with Long An and Tien Giang Provinces cost nearly VND10 trillion (US$485.12 million) to build.
Vehicles are allowed to travel at a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour, which halves the travel time between the two destinations.