Drunk driving or refusal to comply with a police ordered alcohol or drug test will be subject to a fine of up to VND 18 million.
This is provided in Government Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP which was issued on May 26 and will come into force on August 1 in replacement of Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.
A police officer checks a driver's blood alcohol level__Photo: Manh Minh/VNA
The decree, designed with strict regulations with the aim of improving public awareness about traffic safety and reducing traffic accidents, increases fines on some traffic order offences.
Specifically, drivers with alcohol exceeding 80mg per 100ml of blood or 0.4mg per liter of breath will be fined VND 16-18 million, instead of VND 10-15 million as at present.
Meanwhile, those who commit drugged driving will have their driving licenses withdrawn for 22-24 months. If they have no driving license or their driving licenses have been withdrawn, they will be fined VND 16-18 million.
The decree states a new regulation under which those who steer their vehicles with their feet will incur a fine of VND 7-8 million. This fine level will also be imposed on acts of speeding or swerving vehicles recklessly.
Violators who fail to follow the police’s order to stop or cause traffic accidents will face a fine of VND 18-20 million.
The new decree also stresses those who use umbrellas, earphones or mobile phones while riding motorbikes or electric bikes will receive a stiffer fine of VND 100,000-200,000, a significant rise from the current fine of VND 60,000-80,000.
Motorbike riders and pillion passengers aged above six without helmets or wearing helmets incorrectly will incur a fine of VND 100,000-200,000.- (VNS/VLLF)