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Most legislators reject proposal to assign Public Security Ministry to issue driving licenses

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HANOI – More than 60% of deputies of the National Assembly (NA) on November 17 turned down the Government’s proposal to assign the Ministry of Public Security to replace the Ministry of Transport to hold driving tests and issue driving licenses for residents.

In a document sent to the NA Standing Committee, the Vietnam Automobile Transportation Association explained that it is more reasonable to assign the task to the Ministry of Transport rather than the Ministry of Public Security.

According to the 2008 Law on Road Traffic, the Ministry of Transport will take the responsibility for training, holding driving tests and issuing driving licenses for residents. Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense will grant driving licenses for the military and the Ministry of Public Security will issue driving licenses for police officers.

The proposal to assign the task of training, organizing driving tests and issuing civil driving licenses to the Ministry of Public Security is not in line with the administrative reform, hindering the improvement of the State management’s effectiveness.

The association added that the proposal would cause difficulties in recognizing the driving licenses issued by other countries as the job in other countries is conducted by civil agencies.

At a session of the ongoing NA’s 10th sitting on November 17, 52% of deputies also agreed to postpone the consideration of a draft amended law on road traffic to the NA’s next sitting. In addition, nearly 63% of them opposed the separation of the current Law on Road Traffic into two laws.

Earlier, Tran Thi Dung, deputy head of the NA’s Legislation Committee, said a plan to come up with laws and ordinances in 2020 includes the draft amended law on road traffic and not the draft law on road traffic safety. Also, the impact of the new draft law has yet to be assessed adequately.

The management of road traffic and transport activities as a whole is aimed at ensuring effectiveness and safety, so it is unnecessary to split the Law on Road Traffic into two, including one on road traffic safety.

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