A Ministry of Public Security's circular that took effect January 1, which mandates that only traffic police wearing blue name cards on the left breast of their uniform have the right to pull over vehicles.
The blue cards are issued by the Ministry to traffic officers at or above the intermediate level, who have finished a five-day period of training and also passed a Ministry exam.
Colonel Nguyen Kim Hai, an official of the Ministry's Road and Railway Traffic Police Department, said the new regulation aims to prevent police from abusing their authority to stop vehicles wherever, whenever, in order to shakedown motorists for cash.
But he said when vehicles must be stopped immediately, police without blue cards may pull them over, but they must wait for officers with blue cards to impose fines or make arrests.
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