Deputy PM Phuc urges using technology to reduce traffic accidents

Saturday, 2014-12-27 17:44:56
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged strengthening the application of modern technology to help reduce traffic accidents.

Phuc, who is also Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, made the request while chairing a workshop in Hanoi on December 27, discussing traffic safety in Vietnam in 2014.

The symposium gathered more than 400 delegates from related ministries, management agencies, and enforcement task forces, as well as scientists and IT professionals, discussing issues related to traffic safety management, transportation infrastructure and organisation, traffic participants, and responding to accidents.

According to Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, Khuat Viet Hung, seeking solutions to solve problems of traffic safety and reducing traffic accidents is a challenge for authorities. The causes of traffic accidents, as well as other safety-related issues, should be thoroughly examined based on results of scientific research and the application of new technologies.

In particular, traffic safety becomes more complex in the context of constantly increasing transportation needs, faster than the development pace of transport infrastructure, requiring fast collecting and processing of a huge amount of information before making decisions. Scientific research and IT application has become more important and urgent than ever.

On that basis, the National Traffic Safety Committee decided to establish a forum on transportation safety in Vietnam, headed by the Minister of Transport. The forum is responsible for carrying out scientific research, and proposing and implementing traffic safety-related activities basing on the five pillars of traffic safety issued by the UN: road safety management; safer roads and mobility; safer vehicles; safer road users; and post-crash response.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Phuc emphasised that the conference is important to the National Traffic Safety Committee and relevant authorities to discuss the results of scientific research on traffic safety in Vietnam.

He stated that for the first time in many years, the number of traffic accident fatalities has dropped to below 10,000 in 2012 and 2013. Notably, the figures fell to below 9,000 in 2014. However, the current situation of traffic accidents still poses many challenges, requiring more efforts to be made.

The deputy PM proposed the Traffic Safety Committee and related ministries, organisations and individuals implement appropriate initiatives from experts and scientists discussed at the event, and include them in traffic safety and policy building.

The government supports and creates favourable mechanism for scientists to carry out projects and subjects that have practical value to solving traffic safety management issues, he affirmed.

He suggested participants promote research and application of science and technologies in ensuring traffic safety and order in Vietnam, focusing on IT applications, building of a smart transportation system, and raising public awareness on the construction of a culture of traffic safety.