Vietnam parliament to discuss vehicle fires

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The spate of vehicle fires and explosions over the last two years that has left both authorities and the Vietnamese public baffled and anxious will be taken up for discussion at the National Assembly session scheduled this May.

Phan Xuan Dung, chairman of the parliamentary Science, Technology and Environment Committee, said the committee will report on recent vehicle fires and explosions to the legislators during the one-month (May 21 to June 22) sitting.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, 324 vehicles caught fire across the country in 2010 and 2011.

Incomplete statistics show that another 65 cases have been recorded in the first three months of this year.

While some cases could be said to have been caused by problems to do with electrical connections and engines, it was difficult to identify causes in many other cases for various reasons including the vehicle owners' lack of cooperation, the ministry said.

It also said that in many instances, police officers were too busy dealing with the crowds that gathered at accident sites and unable to focus on collecting evidence.

The Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have said they are drafting plans to study vehicles' fuel and engines, establish teams of inspectors to check gasoline quality and carry out more research into the possible causes of fires.

The results of investigations into the vehicle fires are expected to be announced at the end of this month, said Tran Viet Thanh, deputy minister of Science and Technology.

Earlier, between December 27, 2011 and March 9, 2012, the ministry's Department of Product Quality Management collected 26 samples of gasoline taken from burned vehicles and gas stations where the vehicles' owners bought fuel from. It said nothing wrong was found with the samples.

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