Commercial drivers fail health tests

HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 1,800 drivers with commercial driving licences failed their health checks in the first half of this year, according the Transport Ministry.

Traffic police inspect a truck driver's legal documents on a stretch of National Highway 10 in northern Nam Dinh Province. The transport ministry has said that about 1,800 commercial drivers failed their health checks in the first half of this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

At a conference held in Ha Noi last week to review transport safety control in the first six months of the year, the ministry said that 381 of the drivers tested positive for illegal substances and 1,388 others had other health problems.

More than 129,100 out of 136,130 drivers with commercial driving licences in the country underwent the health examination.

The northern port city of Hai Phong, HCM City, the northern province of Hai Duong and Ha Noi were the localities that conducted the health examination actively and effectively, the ministry report said.

It said the Ha Noi Department of Health asked construction companies to suspend work of drivers who did not undergo the health examination.

Representatives of several transport and health departments proposed the establishment of multi-sector inspection teams to conduct random checks on drivers' health so that those taking illegal drugs can be detected early.

They also suggested control stations be set up along highways to check the drivers' health.

The Transport Ministry recently sent a document to provincial and city administrations to check the records of trainees at driver training centres. Trainees' health certificates issued by unrecognised medical facilities must be rejected, it said.

The list of drivers using banned substances must be sent to the police for supervision and they must be banned from driving. If they are found using banned drugs while driving, their driving licences can be revoked for two years.

Those who have tested positive for banned substances will be allowed to drive again after passing tests done by competent medical facilities.

Vu Van Trien, director of the Health Authority under the Ministry of Transport, said that to improve the effectiveness of drivers' health examinations, they should be carried out under the supervision of concerned agencies.


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