VietNamNet Bridge – The capital People's Committee has proposed doubling traffic violation fines in the inner city area and the seizure of vehicles belonging to illegal racers.
"The current rates, which were stipulated in 2010, are too low to deter violators," said Nguyen Xuan Tan, deputy director of the municipal Department of Transport.
Some violations, including crossing red lights and ignoring traffic laws, were rampant, he noted.
According to the old punishing levels, which were regulated in Government Decree 34, motorbike and automobile drivers who do not obey traffic signs or parked on pavements face a mere VND100,000 (US$4.7) in fines.
The heaviest punishment, at VND25 million ($1,190), covers resistance against law enforcement officers.
Under the proposal, Ha Noi authorities suggested that fine rates be doubled to discourage traffic violators.
However, traffic experts and residents did not believe the increase would be effective.
Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, a lecturer at the University of Transport, said there was no evidence that violations would reduce with increased fines.
For instance, imposing death sentence on heroin traffickers had not curtailed the smuggling of drugs, she said.
"If punishments were high, but reasonable, residents would obey and not have bad attitudes," Hanh added.
To reduce traffic violations, she suggested the combination of a number of measures, including assigning more patrolling police, increasing their salaries, encouraging media supervision and improving inspections.
Meanwhile, Bui Huu Anh, a resident of Dong Da District, said the punishment level should be increased for some violations only, for instance, illegal motorbike racing.
Administrative fines for small violations, such as running red lights, should not increase, he added.
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