It is very easy to see vehicles that carry bulky loads of goods, causing traffic chaos and potential dangers for people, particularly in big cities like Hanoi and HCM City.
Over the past three days, two people in Hanoi died due to crashing into vehicles which were transporting sharp steel sheets.
The 9-year-old boy died due to a
deep slash wound on his neck after colliding with steel sheets
On September 23, a 9-year-old boy from Hoang Mai District collided with steel sheets on a parked cyclo when cycling. He died soon later at a hospital due to a deep slash wound on his neck.
A similar accident happened on September 29 in Ha Dong District. Bui Thi Sam, 66, was waiting for a bus along with two others near Mai Linh Bridge, suddenly, a motorbike carrying steel sheets crashed into them. Sam failed to avoid the motorbike, so, she fell and was injured by the steel roofing sheets in her neck.
Police in the capital have since the accidents attempted to deal with bulky loads being carried by motorbikes and cyclos.
Cyclos are only allowed to carry tourists around the city, yet despite the ban, many cyclos, three or four-wheel vehicles, have been modified and used to carry loads of bulky goods.
Vietnam has seen a range of fatal accidents related to people’s carelessness and weak management such drowning cases due to pools formed by construction sites or the breach of a hydropower dam in Quang Nam Province which caused two deaths.
To deal with the problem, management agencies should take more drastic action and apply more strict sanctions against violators.
Many people who are hired to transport cumbersome goods on three-wheel vehicles are often poor. They consider this work as a mean of earning living. So, how to help these people so they no longer have to do this kind of work remains a big question for the local government.