Electrical short-circuits were the main cause of vehicle fires over the past two years, a public meeting was told this morning.
HA NOI –
Other causes were technical problems, negligence, traffic accidents and arson, the gathering in Ha Noi heard.
The meeting was called by the ministries of Public Security, Transport, Science and Technology and Industry and Trade to announce the results of investigations into the fires.
Public Security statistics produced at the meeting showed 209 of 324 vehicle fires reported in the past two years were caused by electrical short-circuits – more than 30 per cent of the total number.
Statistics on other causes were not announced.
Deputy director of the Department of Standards, Metrology and Quality Tran Van Vinh said it was a myth to say that inferior quality petrol was a major cause of vehicle fires.
Vinh said petrol samples from 54 burnt-out vehicles had been analysed but "there was not enough evidence to put the blame on petrol quality".
In the first quarter of this year, 115 vehicle fires were reported, the meeting was told. – VNS