Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed ministries and local authorities to beef up the quality of vehicle registration centres across the country to avoid shortcomings related to vehicle registration certificates.

In his Instruction 08/CT-TTg signed on April 12, PM Dung requests the Ministry of Transport to review, adjust and complete legal documents regarding regulations on road, rail, waterway and maritime vehicle registration.

He noted that all loopholes that could enable corruption or misconduct needed to be checked and reformed to ensure the integrity of vehicle registration.

The ministry was also asked to conduct regular checks on registration staff and close substandard centres undertaking serious violations. Violating centres would be publicly named and shamed under the instruction.

The Ministry of Public Security and local people's committees will also join hands to investigate and inspect violations at registration centres.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety will also be in charge of dissemination and education on the regulations of vehicle registration.

In his instruction, the Prime Minister noted that despite positive achievements in previous years, there were still weaknesses in registration procedures and that misconduct had affected the quality of vehicle registration.

Some registration staff were found engaging in reckless or irresponsible behaviour causing problems in the registration process, the PM's instruction noted.

The instruction added such wrongdoing had also allowed substandard vehicles to be certified, posing risks of accidents and pollution.

In another effort to boost the quality of registration, the Ministry of Transport last month announced that the heads of the Vietnam Register Agency, the body in charge of all registration centres nationwide, would be forced to resign if problems related to issuing vehicle registration certificates persisted by the year's end.

The ministry has also planned to inspect all 100 centres across the country very soon.-VNA