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Driving licences in Vietnam might take demerit point system

The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security is considering punishing traffic violators with demerit points as part of an effort to enhance compliance with regulations.

A police officer fines a traffic violator in HCM City. The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security is studying a demerit point system in traffic management.
A police officer fines a traffic violator in HCM City. The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security is studying a demerit point system in traffic management.

This was one of the department’s proposals for amendments to the Law on Road Traffic, said Do Thanh Binh, the department’s deputy head.

According to Binh, administrative fines have been applied for violations of traffic regulations, including revoking driving licences of heavy violators.

However, for some minor violations, drivers only have to pay a sum of money as a penaty and are allowed to take their driving licences back, making them unafraid of regulations, Binh said.

Binh said that the demerit point system had been applied in many countries. In Vietnam, the system can be applied with a point framework alongside each driving licence when it is issued.

To facilitate the system, the Law on Road Traffic and relevant legal documents should be revised while the database on driving licences must be synchronised nationwide, he said.