A surveillance camera on a street in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Surveillance cameras to monitor traffic violations will be installed on a trial basis in Hanoi and HCM City by 2020 and nationwide by 2022, according to the Government.

This is one of the targets outlined in a resolution recently issued by the Government in an effort to reduce traffic jams lasting more than 30 minutes and traffic accidents by 5 to 10 percent.

The Government asked the Ministry of Public Security to set up plans to install the cameras and establish traffic control centres to connect and share data from cameras.

The moves aims at setting up a national database on traffic accidents and violations by 2020 and share the information with the ministries of health, justice and State-level people’s committees.

Advanced technology must be applied to monitor traffic violations and ensure public security, the Government said.

The Government also urged the acceleration of transport projects and to soon put the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway into operation.

The Ministry of Transport has been assigned to work with Ministry of Public Security to crack down on hotspots of traffic accidents on highways and remove illegal railway crossings.

In 2019-20, sectors and localities must prioritise tackling drunk driving and tighten management of driving tests.

Some big cities in Vietnam have pioneered in installing traffic cameras.

Last year, HCM City authorities planned to hire 100 more cameras to monitor traffic safety as part of the master plan to develop the city into a smart city by 2020.

Surveillance cameras and speed monitoring devices have been installed on several expressways in Vietnam to spot traffic violations.

The images and data recorded are sent to an information centre and then transmitted to traffic police who are on duty along the route.

The number of traffic violations has been reported to be declining in recent years.

The number of fatalities caused by traffic accidents fell from 11,349 in 2011 to 8,279 last year, according to the transport ministry.-VNA