Responses differ on illegal racing bike confiscation
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The National Assembly’s Standing Committee said on Tuesday that motorbikes for illegal racing should be confiscated, a stance that drew differing opinions from delegates at a meeting to discuss the draft law on administrative penalty.
The bikes impounded after officers stopped an illegal bike racing in Jan 2011.
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee said on Tuesday that motorbikes for illegal racing should be confiscated, a stance that drew differing opinions from delegates at a meeting to discuss the draft law on administrative penalty .
“People may claim that the penalty is too light if we return the bikes to the racers after detaining them, even if the bikes do not belong to them,” said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
“What if the drivers kill someone during their illegal races? Will we confiscate the vehicle, even when the bikes belong to the racers’ parents, whose permission is not sought?”
NA deputy chairman Uong Chu Luu also said confiscation should be implemented to discourage racers, though it is required by law that the owner of the bike will get the vehicle back if he is not found to be at fault.
The idea is shared by the Ministry of Justice, which said it is “unfair if a racer has his own bike confiscated, while he will not in case it is another person’s vehicle,” said Deputy Minister of Justice Hoang The Lien.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Hien, chairman of the NA Justice Committee, said one should not have his bike seized if he is not the one who violates laws.
“Why should I lose my bike if it is stolen by someone, who later uses it in an illegal race?” he reasoned.
This opinion was agreed upon by the chairmen of the NA committees of law, finance – state budget, and external relations.