Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged ministries, sectors and localities to prepare measures to ensure road safety and tackle traffic jams during the upcoming holidays for Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1).

This year, Liberation Day and May Day together with the weekend will make up a five-day holiday.
Many people travel at this time of year, leading to more traffic jams and accidents during the holidays in the country.

According to the PM, more traffic officers and inspectors would be on duty during the holidays at railway, ferry and coach stations, as well as on key transport routes, which were likely to experience congestion.

Dung urged for more inspections and supervision to take dangerous vehicles off the roads.

Accident hot spots and bridges, particularly in rural areas, should also be checked and repaired where necessary.

During the holiday, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City plan to put on more than 1,800 bus services to cope with the influx of passengers, which is expected to be three times more than on normal days.

More than 100 people died and 185 were injured in traffic accidents throughout Vietnam during holidays last year, according to the Road and Railway Traffic Police Department.

Police reported that they handled 41,000 traffic violations during last year's holidays. Fines totalling more than 20 billion VND (948,000 USD) were collected. Most violations involved overloaded coaches and speeding.-VNA