Fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents are set to drop by 5-10 percent annually in the next decade, according to the national strategy for assurance of road traffic order and safety during 2021-30, with a vision toward 2045.
The stragety, approved under Prime Minister Decision 2060 of December 12, aims to nurture a traffic safety culture and build a society with a safe, smooth, convenient, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation system and road users with knowledge, skills, sense of observance of the law on road traffic order and safety.
Specifically, the Prime Minister targets to promptly eliminate traffic accident black spots and spots of elevated traffic accident risk on the road system and reduce traffic congestion on major national highways and traffic hubs in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and populated cities.
During 2021-30, the country will be free of traffic jams that last more than 30 minutes and eliminate all motor vehicles and self-built three- or four-wheeled vehicles that are too old to safely operate on roads. Authorities are requested to perform regular control of emissions of motorcycles and motorbikes with gasoline engine while all car owners will have to use electronic road toll payment accounts.
The strategy sets forth the task of proactively applying technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to synchronously realize the five pillars of road traffic safety assurance, including formulation and improvement of traffic safety institutions and regulations; development of traffic infrastructure facilities; application of safety technologies in the manufacture, assembly and inspection of road motor vehicles; communication and education about traffic safety knowledge and skills in combination with handling of road traffic violations; and building of the traffic accident salvage and rescue and emergency system throughout the country.
The strategy also specifies nine groups of solutions concerning institutional improvement and management; traffic infrastructure; vehicles and transportation; vehicle operators; traffic safety communication and education; inspection, examination, patrol, control and violation handling; salvage and rescue and medical emergency of traffic accidents; human resource development; and funding.- (VLLF)