The government has just issued a new decree on road and railway violations that has caused public concern, as the new decree proposes reduced penalties for different violations.
The new decree reduces penalties for different violations. For instance, an individual automobile driver will be fined VND1-2 million (US$47-95) and an automobile driver of an organization will be fined VND2-4 million ($95-190) for not having paperwork proving automobile ownership, instead of the current VND6-10 million ($284.5- 474).
Similarly, an individual motorbike driver will be fined VND100,000-200,000 ($4.7-9.5) and a motorbike driver of an organization will be fined VND200,000-400,000 (US$9.5-19) for not having paperwork proving their motorbike ownership instead of the current VND1 million.
Moreover, from January 1, 2014, the new decree also proposes a lighter fine level for passenger vehicles without black box, over-speeding and entry into one-way roads on highways.
In addition, the new decree also delays the time for penalty. It will take effect from January 1, 2015 for automobiles and from January 1, 2017 for motorbikes.
The new decree will also be without the proposed fine for drivers wearing substandard helmets, automobile drivers who use drugs and for over-speeding electric vehicle drivers.