Ministry mulls new decree on failure to transfer vehicle ownership

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A traffic police officer stops a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ministry of Public Security has reworked a circular that fines people failing to obtain ownership of vehicles from sellers, now putting the onus on the owner rather than someone caught riding the vehicle on the street.

The earlier decree, issued and suspended three months ago, allowed police officers to stop vehicles and demand ownership papers.

The new circular, set to take effect on April 15, does not allow this; the police can only bring up the issue of ownership in the event of accidents or seizures due to violations.

In the meantime, a draft decree from the Ministry of Transport on fines for road and rail violations stipulates between VND100,000 and VND4 million (US$4.70-188.40) for failure to transfer ownership of motorbikes and cars, online newspaper VnExpress reported Monday.

The draft has been sent to related agencies for feedback, the online newspaper said, adding the decree is expected to take effect on July 1.

Last November's decree stipulated fines of VND800,000-1 million for motorbike owners, and VND6-10 million ($282.64-471) for car owners.

The decree drew widespread criticism from the public and even lawmakers as being unreasonable and impractical.

A common argument was that it is unfeasible to get the ownership transferred in Vietnam because a vehicle would have already been sold many times in the past before the current owner bought it.

Critics also cited the high fines for its impracticability.

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