The Government, along with international observers, has been pushing for a decrease in reliance on coal and an increase in renewables usage to lower greenhouse gas emissions, said Fitch Solutions Macro Research (Photo: VNA) Fitch Solutions Macro Research, a subsidiary specializing in market research services of Fitch Group, said in its newly-released outlook for Vietnam’s power sector that the country’s electricity generation is set to increase to 236 terawatt hours (TWh) by 2023 and to 318TWh by 2028. The research unit said that the Government, along with international observers, has been pushing for a decrease in reliance on coal and an increase in renewables usage to lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and achieve sustainable growth in light of challenges posed by climate change. However, according to the Fitch Solutions Key Projects Database (KPD), coal projects current dominate the power infrastructure construction pipeline – … [Read more...] about Coal and transmissions set to drive power infrastructure sector
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A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
Your say (24-10-2008) Too short to drive: Why not deal with the real traffic problems? Last week: We asked readers what they thought about the Ministry of Health’s new regulations saying that people who weighed under 40kg and were under 1.45m tall would not be allowed to drive motorbikes above 50 cc. The ministry also said that those who were under 1.50m tall and weighed less than 40 kg would not be allowed to drive cars. Alvaro Covarrubias Lara, Chilean, Ha Noi The authorities’ decision to filter-out prospective drivers according to weight, does not address the real issue. It makes more sense to control existing drivers’ knowledge of basic driving regulations, such as respecting red lights, right of way, traffic direction - and to check that they have a valid licence. The Government can also start by educating teenage children about legal, courteous and defensive driving, even before they go to driving school. In Ha Noi, traffic violations are shocking. Graham … [Read more...] about Too short to drive: Why not deal with the real traffic problems?
Pay More To Drive By Quynh Thu The papers a local motorcyclist needs. Meanwhile, owners of cars and motorbikes, particularly those in big cities, such as Hanoi and HCMC, will have to pay new road charges. Despite the ever-growing number of automobiles, a motorbike is the sine qua non of the majority of Saigonese in the working age. Swamps of motorbikes crisscrossing the streets are a familiar scene in this city during rush hours. Like other cities in the world, traffic rules abound here, but the problem is that many still disregard them. Ask a traffic rule violator and he’ll say, “Don’t be silly! In this traffic labyrinth, how can I manage to move if I observe the rules while others don’t? Be both fair and practical!” So, to be fine and not to be fined while riding or driving in Saigon, don’t mess with traffic police officers. In legal terms, however, have you ever wondered what the papers a motorcyclist in Saigon needs while riding his or her bike? … [Read more...] about Pay More To Drive
Let's start by stating that driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is a crime and must be punished. All 50 US states have clear laws prohibiting this activity. But there is one intoxicant that is trickier than the others: marijuana, especially when used for medical purposes. During the past two years, Colorado and Montana, along with more than a dozen other states, have proposed laws that set a strict threshold for determining when a marijuana user is deemed too impaired to drive. These would consider a concentration of more than 5 nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) per milliliter of blood, as hands-down proof of intoxication or impairment. The result would be an automatic guilty verdict, with all that entails: a temporary loss of driving privileges, fines, lawyer's fees, possible jail time and greatly increased insurance premiums. By some estimates, a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can cost a driver as much as … [Read more...] about Marijuana as medicine needs rules to drive by