Vietnam longest highway to test intelligent transport system

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A stretch of Thang Long, Vietnam's longest highway, in Hanoi

An intelligent transport system will likely be piloted along a 28-kilometer stretch of the Thang Long Highway in Hanoi sometime between this year and next year, a local official told Thanh Nien.

Nguyen Xuan Tan, vice director of Hanoi's Transport Department, said the system will automatically manage traffic and lessen congestion. It will also use a series of cameras to record violations allowing police to punish violators later.

The department recently sent the project to the Department of Planning and Investment for consultancy before submitting it to Hanoi People's Committee for approval.

It is expected that intelligent transport systems will be established at other highways and expressways of the capital city in future.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Colonel Nguyen Kim Hai from the ministry's department of road and railway traffic police said although the system has been applied in many countries as an advantageous measure for managing traffic, it will have many shortcomings and limits when applied in Vietnam.

Given that in Vietnam many vehicles are still registered under the names of their original owners even though they have been transferred several times, it is not easy to determine the current owners and punish recorded violations, Hai said.

Under the pilot project, police will invite violating vehicles' owners to a local police station based on the license plates on record, said lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Van Tai with the city's traffic police division.

In case the owner does not show up after receiving a police summons three times, police will then assign an officer to identify the real owner of the vehicle in question, Tai said.

Last year, in an attempt to manage local vehicles better, the Ministry of Public Security issued a decree that imposes fines on vehicle owners who fail to complete and submit official transfer of ownership paperwork upon purchasing vehicles.

However, since it took effect on November 10, the decree has drawn significant criticism and objections from the public. It was argued that many Vietnamese people are still poor, with several family members often sharing one motorbike.

People also said it was impossible in many cases to complete title transfer procedures because many vehicles have already been sold and bought many times without the title changing.

The government later suspended the decree, ordering the Ministry of Public Security and other agencies to draft detailed guidelines for its enforcement. 

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