return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Recalling of outdated vehicles in Vietnam faces obstacles

Regulations on recalling outdated motorbikes took effect on January 1, 2018 under Decision No. 16 of the Prime Minister, but the recalling of outdated vehicles remains a “mission impossible”.

 

{keywords}

 

In rural and mountainous areas, people still adapt seriously degraded motorbikes into new “vehicles” used to carry goods. The key issue is the difference in regulations of the vehicle's lifespan, the needs of the people, and the manufacturer's point of view.

On October 18, at a meeting chaired by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) on the amended Decree on Environmental Protection Law, a representative of the Vietnam Association of Motorcycle and Automobile Manufacturers mentioned difficulties in collecting and recycling cars and motorbikes from consumers (2% of total products).

Representatives of these associations said that besides the difficulties in recalling outdated vehicles for manufacturers, old motorbikes and motorbikes are still an asset for people. In fact, Vietnamese people change the functions of these vehicles to turn them into a kind of vehicle to transport goods in rural and mountainous areas or sell them to scrap collectors, who will then dismantle and recycle the outdated vehicles for spare parts and waste materials. In addition, the draft Decree does not specify the responsibility of consumers.

A Representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said that the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 stipulates a roadmap on removing vehicles using fuels that cause pollution. Currently, many old cars and motorbikes are the cause of air pollution. He said that the regulation on the rate of recycling outdated vehicles (2%) is difficult to implement, but this is the responsibility of the manufacturer.
Where do outdated vehicles go before being recalled?

The old vehicles go to scrap recycling villages. Hundreds of craft villages and thousands of establishments purchase outdated cars and motorbikes and dismantle them for spare parts and scrap. Te Lo craft village in Yen Lac district, Vinh Phuc province is an example.

Outdated vehicles are recycled at craft villages, and not transferred to vehicle manufacturers and importers.

According to Decision 16, auto and motorbike manufacturers must organize the recall of discarded products that they have sold in the Vietnamese market. However, this is an extremely difficult task.

 

{keywords}

 

According to the Vietnam Register (Ministry of Transport), there are about 40 million motorbikes, including those used from the 1980s and 1990s, are in circulation. From 2015 onwards, each year there will be about 15,000 expired cars and motorbikes.

Regulations on recalling obsolete vehicles are considered necessary to reduce environmental pollution and traffic accidents. However, the recall is difficult because people are not willing to hand over their old vehicle but will rather sell it to scrap collectors or users in remote areas.

In addition, different types and brands of vehicles, the actual time of using of the vehicle, and how they are maintained are important factors to decide the quality of vehicles. Even vehicles that are not expired but have poor maintenance are still a potential safety risk.

Thus, the recall of vehicles must be based on vehicle quality and safety, not merely on the time of use.

The Ministry of Transport previously proposed the useful life of motorbikes of eight years or 100,000 km. The proposal was rejected, saying that this would affect the poor.

According to Decision 16, consumers can choose forms of recall such as: giving the outdated vehicles to relevant organizations and enjoying benefits according to the policy of the manufacturer. Consumers have the right to require manufacturers to accept the discarded products. However, it depends on people's self-discipline and compliance.

Environmental index

Environmental expert Hoang Duong Tung, former Deputy Director of the General Department of Environment (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), said that there are incorrect understandings about Decision No. 16. If the motorbikes are outdated, but still work well, people still have the right to use them normally. And there is no government agency to recall that product.

The spirit of Decision 16 is to encourage businesses and manufacturers to be ultimately responsible for their products. It shows the responsibility of businesses to society in environmental protection.

Hanoi currently has more than 2.6 million motorbikes that have been used for 15 to 25 years. These are not only potential hazards to travellers but also a direct contributor to air pollution.

 

{keywords}

 

On January 18, 2021, the Prime Minister issued the Directive on strengthening control of air pollution, assigning Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces and cities with high risk of air pollution to strictly implement the local air quality management plan; and recall outdated vehicles that do not meet circulation standards, causing environmental pollution.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked provinces and cities to strengthen air pollution control and thoroughly handle hotspots of dust and exhaust pollution. The ministry has also asked Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to withdraw outdated motor vehicles that do not meet circulation standards.

In September 2020, the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment asked the Hanoi authorities’ approval for cooperation with the Vietnam Motorcycle Manufacturer Association to implement the program to measure emissions and support the exchange of old motorcycles.

Accordingly, the city will select and install air quality measuring equipment for eight motorcycle repair and maintenance agents in the districts of Hoan Kiem, Cau Giay, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Dong, and Thanh Xuan and select 30 motorbike dealers to pilot the program to exchange old motorbikes (manufactured before 2002), under different support mechanisms.

People who take their motorbikes to check emissions will receive gifts worth about 300,000 VND. If they want to change outdated motorbikes, they will receive 2 to 4 million VND.

This program has been carried out since July 2021 and will end in June 2022. It aims to measure emissions and then recall 3,000 - 5,000 old motorbikes of manufactured by Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Piaggio and SYM.

Kien Trung

Hanoi to put 5,000 old vehicles through emissions test by 2022

Hanoi to put 5,000 old vehicles through emissions test by 2022

As many as 5,000 old vehicles will be put through emission tests by the end of next year as part of a campaign to improve air quality in the capital city. 

MORE NEWS

Vietnam contributes to International Law Commission

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao has pledged to make more contributions to the progress and development of international law, for peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development worldwide.

Pencak silat fighter enjoys golden year

Pencak silat fighter Quang Thi Thu Nghia has had amazing year of competition when she has won titles from all competitions that she took part in.

Pop singer to compete at MTV Europe Music Awards

Pop singer Pham Dinh Thai Ngan from HCM City will represent Vietnam at the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA) 2022.

PM hosts national committee on digital transformation’s third session

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the third meeting of the National Committee on Digital Transformation on August 8 to assess digital transformation pace during the first half of 2022 and devise tasks for the time ahead.

Liem to face off against chess king Carlsen at FTX Crypto Cup

Vietnam’s leading chess player Le Quang Liem has revealed that he will take on Norwegian chess king Magnus Carlsen at the FTX Crypto Cup which is scheduled to take place in Miami, USA, from August 15 to August 21.

Vietnam ranks third overall at ASEAN Para Games 2022

Vietnamese athletes bagged seven more gold medals on August 5, the last competition day of the ASEAN Para Games 2022, retaining their third place in the medal tally.

Corporate bond market struggling with challenges

The size of the corporate bond market is estimated at some VND1,374 trillion, equivalent to 15% of GDP. The Government aims to raise this figure to 20% by 2025.

President requires greater efforts to promote value of Ngoc Linh ginseng

Ngoc Linh ginseng deserves the "National treasure" title, and it is necessary to strongly promote the role of this treasure in improving people's livelihoods, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said .

EVFTA outpaces CPTPP in preference utilisation rate

The utilisation rate of tax incentives set out in the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) during Q1 soared by over 32%, representing a four-fold rise compared to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Refusal to issue visas to new VN passport causes problems for travel firms

The rejection of Vietnam’s new passport by some EU member countries is affecting HCM City tourism companies since their customers are unable to travel to those countries.

Vietnam set to scrap COVID quarantine for imported processed seafood

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has removed COVID-related quarantine requirements for frozen processed seafood products imported for the purpose of reprocessing for export.

HCM City seeks to boost technology transfer from universities

Huynh Kim Tuoc, managing director of Sai Gon Innovation Hub's (SiHub) Start-up Support Centre under the HCM City Department of Science and Technology, affirmed Vietnam holds tremendous potential for technology development

Vigilance urged against COVID-19 amid emergence of new epidemics

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked ministries, agencies and localities to maintain vigilance against COVID-19 while addressing a meeting in Hanoi on Saturday.

Vietnamese, British agencies coordinate in identifying fire victims

The Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK will continue to coordinate with Vietnamese and British agencies to identify victims in a blaze in Greater Manchester on May 7.

Photo contest highlighting beauty of Vietnamese islands kicks off

Professional and amateur photographers across Vietnam are encouraged to compete in a photo contest highlighting the beauty of Vietnamese Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands.
back_to_top