Vietnam sacks lackadaisical traffic inspectors

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Three traffic inspectors in the northern province of Hai Duong have been fired after local media reports said they performed lackluster inspections and stopped vehicles for an average of only five seconds.

Traffic inspectors are tasked with stopping suspicious vehicles to inspect the drivers' licenses, the vehicles' registration papers and the documentation for any cargo.

Thach Nhu Sy, deputy chief inspector at the Transport Ministry, said the inspectors Vu Duc Phuong, Bui Duc Hiep, and Mac Phu Thinh were dismissed on May 27, saying they had "violated professional procedures," news website Dan Tri reported.

Media reports last week cited local residents and drivers on National Highway 37 in the province as saying that the inspectors rarely left their cars and stopped almost all cars and trucks.

They only rolled down their windows to take something from the drivers and then let them go. The process often took between five and 30 seconds, usually just ten, according to the sources.

It is not clear whether or not some drivers handed money to inspectors for quicker inspections.

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