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Severe vehicle inspection backlogs expected in 30 provinces as 900 set to stand trial

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – More than 900 vehicle inspectors will stand trial in the third and fourth quarters of 2024, potentially disrupting vehicle inspection operations and causing severe backlogs across the country.

The Ministry of Transport has requested Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha for solutions to prevent potential congestion at auto inspection centers, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

Currently, 274 out of 294 vehicle inspection centers are operational, with 446 out of 546 inspection lines running, according to Vietnam Register. These centers can inspect over 640,000 vehicles per month, which usually meets the demand since the highest monthly inspection requirement is about 500,000 vehicles.

However, from the third to fourth quarters of 2024, many provinces and cities may face inspection center congestion due to the upcoming trials of vehicle inspectors. These trials could result in hundreds of inspectors being convicted, severely impacting the inspection process. Inspectors in 42 provinces, covering 112 centers, have already been indicted.

Inspection centers face a three-month suspension if two or more inspectors lose their certifications due to the trials. This could lead to the closure of 91 centers across 32 provinces. Some provinces, such as Bac Kan and Thai Binh, might have no operational inspection centers at all.

The Ministry of Transport noted that training new mechanical engineers to become inspectors takes time, and the system will not fully recover from the shortage until the end of 2026.

To address this issue, the Ministry of Transport has proposed that the Government quickly issue a decree to amend and supplement several articles of Decree No. 139/2018/ND-CP and Decree No. 30/2023/ND-CP in July 2024.

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