Vietnam metro steps up punishment for illegal racing

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Lawmakers in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday passed a resolution to implement stricter punishments against illegal racing, including confiscation of vehicles.

Under the resolution approved by the HCMC People's Council, from March 11, vehicles that are taken into custody for illegal racing will attract charges of VND500,000 (US$24) per day, up from the current VND6,000 ($0.28), the VnExpress newswire reported.

At the moment racers' bikes in HCMC are kept for a certain time until the racers pay a cash fine besides the custody fees.

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The new custody fees will take effect until the National Assembly and the government approve the HCMC People's Committee's proposal for confiscating racing vehicles as a pilot measure, the newswire quoted Ngo Minh Chau, vice director of HCMC's police department, as saying.

"This [confiscating vehicles] will have a big impact on the society, especially illegal racers," he said.

Before it was submitted to the government and the National Assembly for approval, the proposal had gained support from the city's lawmakers, VnExpress said.

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