The Ministry of Public Security ordered traffic police nationwide July 27 to strictly following relevant procedures when pulling over vehicles and to punish officers who run afoul of the law.
"Police officers are not allowed to pull over vehicles to summarily check motorists' identity papers," deputy minister Pham Quy Ngo said.
The instructions issued by the ministry stressed on the main principle of patrolling the streets, as opposed to setting up temporary checkpoints, except in areas known as "black spots" sections of road where at least two fatal accidents occur per year.
The traffic police were ordered to focus on violations that lead to accidents and cause gridlock.
According to the Global Corruption Barometer 2013 conducted by Transparency International, 30 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed said they had paid bribes to one or more of eight public service institutions in Vietnam. It found that the police are still the country's most corrupt institution.
The Global Corruption Barometer 2010/2011 also found that the police force was the most corrupt institution in Vietnam.
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