Ha Noi, 27thSeptember 2018 – Signing ceremony of cooperation program between National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM) on traffic safety in 2018 & announcement of research results on traffic safety in 2017 will be officially held as well as launch new project in 2018 – “Traffic Safety Short Film Contest – I know, I change”. This is an annual activity co-organized by VAMM and NTSC, within framework of “Fund for Research on Traffic Safety for Motorcycles in Vietnam” established by VAMM from 2015 to demonstrate long-term commitment and close co-operation between VAMM and Vietnam Government, represented by NTSC, in efforts to improve the traffic safety in Viet Nam.
This is the third year since The Fund for Research on Traffic Safety for Motorcycles in Vietnam was established. Five strategic research projects were sponsored by VAMM in order to provide a comprehensive picture of motorcycle issues relating to traffic development and analyze causes of traffic accidents as well as propose feasible and useful solutions to the current situation of traffic in Viet Nam, aiming to build a healthy and sustainable traffic environment for Vietnamese people.
In addition, with support and advice from NTSC, VAMM’s members regularly and continuously carry out a variety of traffic safety activities on a large scale which help to raise awareness, improve traffic safety behavior of the community such as: training, safety riding instructions, standard helmet donation, investing and applying safe and advanced technology on products. Over the past four years, more than 13 million people were train and nearly 250,000 standard helmets were donated by VAMM.
According to Mr. Khuat Viet Hung – Executive Chairman of NTSC: “I am delighted that this is the 4th consecutive year that NTSC and VAMM have co-operated to implement traffic safety propaganda and safety riding instruction and researches on traffic safety nationwide, actively contribute to solve problems of traffic safety in Viet Nam. In particular, the practical results and recommendations from the five researches sponsored by “Fund for Research on Traffic Safety for Motorcycles in Vietnam” are valuable references for NTSC and other relevant agencies to work out effective measures and policies to improve traffic safety throughout the country”.
Also at the signing ceremony, Mr. Kawano Toshiya – VAMM Chairman said: “VAMM’s mission is not only to produce quality, friendly motorbikes but also to develop traffic safety environment for Vietnamese people. Therefore, each member of VAMM also tries our best to implement various types of traffic safety activities, to bring the overall and optimal effects. In order to change the people’s awareness, we implement traffic safety propaganda, training and organize Traffic Safety Short Film Contest. In order to improve the people’s behavior, we organizesafety riding instructions, donate standard helmets. In addition, VAMM also contributes to build motorcycle-related policies and regulations by sponsoring independent researchesin order to propose objective results and feasible solutions tothe specialized regulatory agencies. We commit to keep on implementing innovative, attractive activities those will impact the community in the coming years”.
“MOTORCYCLE TRAFFIC IN VIETNAM – CURRENT AND FUTURE ROLES”
By Dr. Vu Anh Tuan, Vietnamese – German Transport Research Centre, Vietnamese-German University
Continuing to promote the effectiveness of traffic safety researches from September 2017, the scientific research subject on “Motorcycle traffic in Viet Nam – Current and future roles” was been implemented and its results will be announced at this event.
In the context, the current motorcycle ownership and demand of motorbike using in Viet Nam are very high, especially in big cities, because of its convenience, suitable cost for users and high passenger capacity compared with other vehicles on the same lane. Meanwhile, cities and towns in Viet Nam seem to be quite confused in dealing with many proposed solutions relating to motorcycle such as ordinary scenarios of development, management, restriction, or prohibition proposal. However, these above-mentioned proposals are still controversial and there are concerns about feasibility and effectiveness of each solution. This scientific research aims to provide objective analyses and judgments that adequately answer the question of what would be the future role of motorcycles in Viet Nam, and how to respond to the issues of motorcycle in specific conditions in Vietnam?
Accordingly, it is concluded that motorcycles now serve as a dominant mode for all people’s travel. In the future, as individual income increases, people will continue buying and using motorcycle. In the context of underdeveloped road infrastructure, the level of personal income is relatively low and the public transport services in the provinces are almost zero (meeting less than 1% of the travel demand, except for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), the number of motorcycles has been growing rapidly to meet increasing travel demand of people. Particularly for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which have the most developed road network and public transport system meeting 8-10% of travel demand, the density of road network and the number of buses per million people in the past decades have still been much lower than other Asian cities. Specifically, the road density in Ha Noi is nearly 50 m / ha while the Asian cities are 100-150 m / ha, and the bus supply in Hanoi is 300 vehicles per million meanwhile in the other Asian cities is 1000-1500 vehicles per million people. If the expansion of road, rail and bus networks continues at the current pace, within the next 20 years, the levels of transport infrastructure and services will remain very low compared to the other cities in Asia, this means that public transport has not met the people’s mobility demand
The household surveys show that motorcycles are the most commonly owned vehicle in all income groups, averagely 2.4 motorcycles per household. At household level, although car ownership increases by household income but it will not reduce motorcycle ownership. At individual level, although income increases people still use motorcycles as the main mode for travel. Even at the highest individual income group, although 52% of people used car but over 40% people still used motorcycle. Motorcycle is preferred because it is perceived to be “Cheap”, “Fast”, and “Flexible” – these are important travel requirements given the conditions of low-income level, inadequate supply of transport infrastructure and its slow expansion and increasing traffic congestion.
The researcher also predicts mode choice behavior models in two scenarios (trendline and planning), the opinion interviews on motorcycle ban policy and the lesson from Chinese cities show that motorcycle will be chosen by almost people for travel (until 2030& beyond), and the existence of motorcycles is indeed an objective reality. In big cities, even if the planned railway networks and bus networks (under the Planning Scenario) will be fully completed, there would be about 70% of people still choosing a motorcycle for travel. In small and medium-sized cities, even if bus system will be developed and/or improved significantly in future, about 90% of people will still choose motorcycle. These behavioral change predictions are reinforced by the public hearing survey on the motorcycle ban policy by 2030 – only30% of the respondents believe that the ban “will occur”. Moreover, the lesson of motorcycle ban policy in Guangzhou and other Chinese cities shows that in the long term, the goal of motorcycle ban for reducing traffic congestion and air pollution will not be achieved. The ban policy has actually been accelerating shifts from motorcycle to passenger car, while the expansion of public transport systems and road infrastructure has not kept pace with travel demand growth, thus worsening urban traffic congestion and air pollution. Beside the advantages of transport capacity, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission and user costs, the biggest disadvantage or challenge of motorcycle traffic is the high risk of fatal accidents. Therefore, it is crucially important to improve motorcycle riders’ safety comprehensively and effectively.
From international experience, the study proposes Creating a favorable environment for safer motorcycling with Motorcycle Safety Strategic Framework with four components: (1) Incorporating PTWs into Transport & Safety Public Policy; (2) Committing to Safer Infrastructure; (3) Awareness, Education and Training for all Road Users; (4) Promoting Application of Advanced Safety Technologies for Motorcycle. The study also selected a number of policies and measures with a high rate of public support for state agencies to consider and implement in the coming years, including: Compulsory helmet for kids under 6 years old, Safe riding certificate for children aged 16-18 (to drive e-bike, 50cc moped), Adding practical driving test to the license driving test, Distribution of handbook for safe motorcycling, Motorcycle dedicated lane, Compulsory ABS system for new motorcycles, Compulsory All-Time Headlight On (AHO) for all motorcycles, Compulsory audit for motorcycles once a year.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY PROJECT IN 2018
Subject: TRAFFIC SAFETY SHORT FILM CONTEST “I KNOW – I CHANGE”
Young people are main traffic participants and have a large influence on the community. Therefore, after 3 consecutive years of carrying out the traffic safety researches, VAMM desires to implement a new method of traffic safety propagandathat is more trendy and easier to approach the young people, thereby spreading strongly and directly impacting to the traffic participants’ awareness and behavior.
From this idea, a new traffic safety project in 2018 is launched by VAMM today – Traffic Safety Short Film Contest “I Know, I Change” in order to record and highly appreciate civilized behaviors in traffic through young people’s lens, contribute to develop a better and healthier traffic environment.
- Participants: All people who are Vietnamese citizens or foreigners who are living and working legally in Viet Nam.
- Form of contest:
Candidates will produce short films / video clips about civilized behaviors when participating in traffic. Throughout the work, each candidate should inspire the audiences to civilized traffic culture, as well as express his attitude of abiding by traffic regulations.
Candidates will have opportunity to win major awards as including:
- First Runner up: 70 million VND
- 2nd Runner up: 30 million VND
- 3rd Runner up: 20 million VND
- 01 Most Voted Award: 10 million VND
- 27/09/2018: Officially launch and open register gate
- 01/10/2018: Accept the submission
- 08/10/2018: Open voting gate
- 04/11/2018: Close the submission gate
- 15/11/2018: Close the vote gate
- 22/11/2018: Announce the results
- How to participate
- Step 1: Register here (https://goo.gl/LzkcM4), and please send link of your work to email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through fanpage of the contest https://www.facebook.com/toibiet.toithaydoi/
Step 2: Check your work and post on fanpage of the contest.
Step 3: Call upon votes for the work which are posted officially on the fanpage
- Contact information of the contest organizer:
- Tel: (84 4) 7307 7979 (ex: 62900)
(From 9h00 to 17h00, Monday to Friday)
With the message “Changing for civilized traffic”, beside the valuable awards, the contest is also an opportunity for candidates of all ages, especially young people to express their creativity and talent. Your civilized action today will create positive impact on people around you and change the community participating in traffic in the future!
For more information, please feel free to contact us at:
Ms. Nghiêm Thị Thanh Huyền