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Many people are searching for designated driver services after new regulations and fines for drunk driving took effect.

Two drivers suffocated at Quy Nhon Port

Two drivers of Hao Hung Company were suffocated in the hold of a ship belonging to the Panama-based Uni Fortune firm just around midnight Sunday at Quy Nhon Port in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province.

Hanoi seeks to protect sidewalks from drivers

 VietNamNet Bridge – Following HCM City’s lead, Hanoi authorities are installing fences along sidewalks in a pilot programme to prevent vehicles from encroaching them.

Drivers rush to register bike ownership transfer

 VietNamNet Bridge – There are huge crowds at all traffic police stations in Ha Noi that accept registrations for the transfer of bike ownership, as the December 31 deadline draws to a close.

Maximum speed in Vietnam residential areas to be increased

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport has approved a circular permitting drivers traveling in residential areas to increase their maximum speed by 10km/h compared to current laws.

Vietnamese drivers lack road safety awareness

 VietNamNet Bridge – In the last three years, nearly 13,000 traffic accidents have occurred in HCM City, killing 2,141 people and injuring 11,686, of which 80 per cent were caused by lack of driver awareness about traffic laws.

Smell test for Indonesia's motorcycle taxi candidates

 So stiff is competition between Indonesia's motorcycle taxis app companies that new entrants are going to extreme lengths to stand out.

Exclusive: U.S. states pass laws backing Uber's view of drivers as contractors

 State legislators in Ohio and Florida are moving ahead with regulations governing Uber and other ride services that would designate all drivers as independent contractors, bolstering a critical but much-disputed aspect of Uber's business model.

Travel firms bemoan new draft regulations

 VietNamNet Bridge – Local tour operators have decried draft regulations that require them to find drivers able to communicate in English to serve their tourists and use coaches with a maximum registered operation duration of 15 years

Police issue fines to drivers for children without helmets

 VietNamNet Bridge – Though her mother and teachers constantly tell her to wear a helmet when riding her electric bike to school, Nguyen Thi Thu Hang of HCM City's Tan Binh District does not because she does not "like it."

Drivers to renew licences online

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) is getting ready to let citizens across the country renew their driver licenses online, said deputy head of the directorate, Nguyen Van Quyen.

Drivers given new health regulations

VietNamNet Bridge – A new draft of health regulations for drivers was released by the Ministry of Health last week, covering both Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese. 

More than 400 drivers tested positive for drugs

 VietNamNet Bridge – More than 400 drivers of transport firms have tested positive for drugs and 1,400 others are not sufficiently healthy to drive, according to the Vietnam Road Administration.

All bus and truck drivers have to pass a drug test

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Department of Transportation of Hai Phong City has rejected 217 bus and truck drivers who fail to meet health conditions, many of them had a positive drug test.

Car owners who do not pay road maintenance fee to be fined

 VietNamNet Bridge - From July 1, the car users who do not pay road maintenance fee will be fined from VND6 million to VND10 million ($300-$500).

Tough action against drink-driving urged

 VietNamNet Bridge – The problem of drink-driving, which some experts say could be a factor in as many as 40 per cent of traffic accidents, requires more drastic measures from traffic police,