Motorbike drivers face higher fines from next month

By Vu Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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A motorbike driver being pulled over on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Doc Lap A motorbike driver being pulled over on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Doc Lap

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Motorbike riders in Vietnam will face higher fines for traffic violations like driving on the sidewalk and running red lights under a decree that will take effect August 1.
Captain Tran Thi Hong Nhung of the Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Police Agency said most fines would be around VND400,000 (US$18), an increase of VND100,000-200,000 from now.
Driving on the wrong side of the road and on the sidewalk, except to enter a home, will be fined VND300,000-400,000.
Le Hong Viet, deputy chief inspector of the city Department of Transport, said these are among the most common violations by motorbike drivers.
The new decree, which replaces a 2014 document, stipulates fines of up to VND400,000 for motorbikes jumping a red light. Violators will also have their driving license revoked for 1-3 months.
Drivers using cell phones or audio devices will be fined VND100,000-200,000, up from VND60,000-80,000.
Those who drive in the tunnel without headlights will face fines of VND500,000-1 million.
According to Nhung, the new decree maintains the same fine for those driving motorbikes without a license or with their license temporarily revoked. In addition to seizure of the vehicle for a week, violators face fines of up to VND1.2 million in case of motorbikes of under 175cc and VND6 million for 175cc and above.
Vietnam has nearly 2.75 million cars and 45 million motorbikes.

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