Some 200,000 vehicles to be installed with cameras before July 1
The Saigon Times
|A man drives a passenger coach. Some 200,000 passenger coaches with nine seats or more, container trucks and tractor-trailers will have to be installed with cameras prior to July 1 – PHOTO: PLO|
HCMC – Some 200,000 passenger coaches with nine seats or more, container trucks and tractor-trailers will have to have cameras installed prior to July 1 to monitor drivers and passengers.
Do Cong Thuy, deputy head of the Transport Department under the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam, said that the department had told provincial departments of transport to urge transport firms to install cameras before July 1 in line with Decree 10.
The images from cameras in vehicles must be transmitted 12-20 times an hour to transport firms and State agencies, according to the directorate.
The provincial and municipal departments of Transport were tasked with asking transport operators to select cameras with the 4G or 5G network to ensure the quality of transmitted images and avoid wastefulness as telecom providers will stop 2G services in the coming months.
The installation of cameras in vehicles is aimed at enhancing the safety of passengers and helping State management agencies better oversee travel activities, said the directorate.
In line with Decree 10, before July 1, passenger cars with nine seats or more, container trucks and tractor-trailers must be equipped with cameras to monitor driving work and prevent overloading and an excessive number of passengers.
In mid-2020, the Vietnam Automobile Transport Association (VATA) proposed the Ministry of Transport extend the installation deadline to two years as transport firms faced a revenue reduction caused by Covid-19. However, the proposal was rejected.
VATA Chairman Nguyen Van Quyen said that the cost of camera installation and internet connection to transmit live images was high. Each vehicle must have three to four cameras, while each camera costs VND3 million and the cost of image transmission is VND240,000-320,000 per month for each camera. As such, the installation of cameras for each vehicle will cost VND10 million.