National Assembly deputy Huynh Minh Thien of HCM City questioned Minister Hue about the use of traffic fine last year and Hue answered in writing.
The question is “Traffic fine revenue in 2011 was VND2.45 trillion. 70 percent of it was allocated to the traffic police force, 10 percent for the traffic patrol force and 10 percent for the traffic safety board. What were the grounds for this allocation?”
Hue answered that the traffic fines collected last year totalled over VND2.54 trillion, including fines in all fields of transport like road, waterway, air, etc. and earnings from the sale of confiscated vehicles in 63 provinces and cities.
The minister affirmed that 70 percent of VND2.54 trillion was given to the traffic police force. However, the money was not only paid to traffic policemen but to other activities like diffusing knowledge on traffic safety, paying allowances to injured policemen or families of police officers who sacrificed in service, etc.
In addition, 10 percent of the sum was allocated to traffic inspection force in 63 provinces and cities, which was spent in similar activities like the traffic police force. Another ten percent was given to traffic safety boards of provinces, which was spent in ten tasks.
In 2006, the government instructed the Ministry of Finance to amend regulations on using the fund for traffic safety in provinces, towards giving more allowance to traffic policemen and traffic inspectors who directly participate in maintaining traffic order and to purchase equipment serving this task.
Based on the instruction, the Ministry of Finance issued a circulation on using traffic fine in 2007, under which the revenue from traffic fines was allocated as above.
At the previous National Assembly Standing Committee session in April, Deputy Minister of Finance Nguyen Thi Minh proposed to raise the allowance for traffic police officers and traffic inspectors who are directly involved in maintaining traffic order. Minh said that police officers who patrol at night to prevent illegal racing is presently paid only VND100,000 ($5) per night.
The Deputy Minister said that allowance for this force must be increased and made public to prevent police from committing corruption. Dan Tri