In 2008, the country saw 530 railway accidents, an increase of 9 per cent compared with the previous year.
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport has issued a circular regulating ways to resolve railway accidents.
"Actions to resolve railway accidents are regulated in Article 11 of the Railway Law. They will be more specific and clearer in this new circular," said chief inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport Thach Nhu Sy.
Article 11 of the railway law regulates that guards and local authorities are responsible for resolving railway accidents.
"The new circular assigns more individuals and organisations to join in rescue work, which is expected to make railway transportation safer," said Sy.
Circular 15/2009/TT-BGTVT regulated the responsibility of organisations and individuals in resolving railway accidents, along with ways to add up and report accidents that happened on the nation’s railway system.
Under the circular, personnel working on the train would give first aid to victims of railway accidents, and report the accident to related organisations, individuals and competent offices.
The station manager would be responsible for coming on the scene of the accident, or assigning an employee to arrive on the scene to give emergency aid to victims and assess the impact of the accident.
The station manager will have to mobilise manpower to help victims, make necessary decisions and co-ordinate with local authorities to solve the accident based on the law.
The director of Viet Nam Railway will set up a board to solve all accidents, and based on the losses. The director will also assign specific work for members of the board and relevant bodies in order to implement rescue work.
Railway inspectors will be assigned to arrive on the scene immediately after receiving information about accidents to collect necessary evidence and discern causes.
Local authorities will join hands with railway offices and police to assist victims.
If someone with unclear whereabouts dies in a railway accident, the station manager and local authorities will be responsible for burying them.
In 2008, the country saw 530 railway accidents, an increase of 9 per cent compared with the previous year. These accidents killed 230 people, an increase of 22 per cent compared with 2007, and caused a loss of VND5 billion (US$277,700), according to statistics of Viet Nam Railway.
About 96-97 per cent of the accidents were caused by motorbike and car drivers who did not follow railway safety regulations.
VietNamNet/Viet Nam News
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