HCMC designates area for heavier traffic fines

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities have defined the boundaries of a central area in which heavier fines for traffic violations will be applied from next Thursday.

Under Decree 34 issued this Monday, violations of traffic laws within the boundaries, known as the Beltway, will be higher than they are now.

The decree is part of a pilot project to impose heavier fines in the central areas of Hanoi and HCMC between this May 20 and May 20, 2013.

Motorbike riders, for example, will have to pay VND300,000-500,000 (US$15.75-26.25) for not following traffic lights. Current fines are between VND100,000-400,000.

Car drivers will be fined VND1-1.4 million for the same violation compared to the current VND600,000-800,000.

Pedestrians will also be fined between VND40,00-80,000 if they are found violating traffic laws when walking in the area governed by the decree.

According to the HCMC People's Committee, new fines won't be imposed at streets that are located within the boundaries but belong to suburban districts like Binh Chanh and Thu Duc.

The city's transport department will cooperate with local traffic police departments to set up signboards on the affected streets.

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