Vietnam cracks down on security firms after cavalcade escort scandal

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Security guards escorting disabled Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic on May 22 clear traffic in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ministry of Public Security Security has ordered police agencies around the country to crack down on erring security firms after a Ho Chi Minh City-based operators was found violating a series of traffic rules while escorting an Australian motivational speaker in May.

It came on Tuesday when the ministry also announced the results of its investigation into the actions of Titan Security Company's personnel while escorting Nick Vujicic's car from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to his hotel in District 1 on May 22.

Guards, who drove large, powerful motorbikes, used sirens and clubs to clear traffic for the cavalcade, ran red lights, and drove in wrong lanes, and were filmed by someone in a clip that went viral, the ministry said.

The city police have fined four Titan motorbikes and one car for failing to produce registration papers and licenses.

Two other motorbikes with dubious papers have been seized for further investigations.

In Hanoi, Vujicic's cavalcade consisted of eight large motorbikes and 10 cars, but they complied with the rules, the ministry said.

Vujicic, born without arms and legs, is a motivational speaker who travels the world.

With three of his books translated into Vietnamese and becoming bestsellers, the Australian is extremely popular here.

He was welcomed by with the adulation typically reserved for pop stars, with hundreds of young fans waiting for him at airports.

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