Illustration by Trịnh Lập by An Phương Among the nine results listed on Google when I asked the question “Should women drive?” in Vietnamese, six of them gave me negative answers, which inspired me to talk with many people about the topic. This topic has caused controversy among many people recently, especially after several serious car crashes with female drivers occurred. I’m a woman who can’t drive and I don’t plan to learn how to drive anytime soon as I’m totally fine with riding my own motorbike, taking taxis, or booking a GrabBike when necessary. However, I have to admit I have a conflict of interest. While I encourage all my female friends to take driving lessons or drive, I judge, albeit in a low-key way, other women that cut me off as they drive a car. Quang Minh, 32, told me that women are generally not solid drivers of cars. “I’m not saying this because … [Read more...] about Should Vietnamese women drive a car?
Insured driver driving uninsured car
Nguyen Thi Nga, 46, has been charged with "violating road traffic regulations" which carries punishment of between three and 10 years under Vietnam’s Penal Code, Binh Thanh District prosecutors said. Nga is now under house arrest. Nga, a restaurant owner, was reportedly speeding on Dien Bien Phu Street when she lost control and crashed her BMW into five motorbikes waiting at the Hang Xanh intersection traffic lights at around 11 p.m. on October 21. The car only came to a halt after ramming into a taxi. A 38-year-old woman died immediately and five others were injured. Tests showed alcohol content of 0.94 milligrams per liter in her blood. The alcohol level allowed for car drivers in Vietnam is zero, and for motorbike drivers up to 0.25 milligrams per liter. She has reportedly admitted to the police that she had drunk a lot of beer earlier that night. After the accident, Nga gave VND150 million ($6,400) to the dead victim's family as support for funeral services and … [Read more...] about Saigon driver in fatal car crash faces 10 years in jail
Vietnamese shares advanced slightly on Wednesday morning, driven by petroleum and insurance companies. The Vietnamese stock market gained slightly on Wednesday morning, driven by petroleum and insurance-finance stocks. - Photo tbck.vn The benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange gained 0.44 per cent to end at 958.79 points. The southern bourse index had lost total of 0.42 per cent in the previous two days. The HNX-Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange was up 0.31 per cent to close at 106.92 points. The Ha Noi index had fallen 0.51 per cent over the previous two sessions. More than 137 million shares were traded in the morning session, worth VND2.72 trillion (US$119.4 million). Petroleum and insurance stocks led the market upturn after the previous two-day decline. Energy stocks benefited from an increase in oil prices as Brent crude advanced 1.2 per cent to trade at $60.91 a barrel. Gaining petroleum stocks included PetroVietnam Gas (GAS), PetroVietnam Drilling and … [Read more...] about Petro, insurance stocks drive market up
By Son Hoa  November 14, 2018 | 08:36 am GMT+7 The injured victims sit on the sidewalk after the fatal crash in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday night. Photo by VnExpress/Son Hoa At least one person was killed and four others were seriously injured when a seven-seater car slammed into several motorbikes in Saigon Tuesday night. A man, whose identity has not been revealed, was driving the car on Nguyen Huu Tho Street in District 7 when he lost his control and crashed into a couple on a motorbike at the crossroads of Nguyen Thi Thap Street. The car then hit at least three other motorbikes and a victim was swept on the underside of the car and dragged for over 30 meters, eyewitnesses said. Many motorbike drivers were knocked down. The car then mounted the sidewalk and hit a street divider before plunging down a slope. The car that hit many motorbikes, killing one person and injuring four others, stopped after plunging down this grassy slope Tuesday night. Photo by … [Read more...] about Saigon driver flees after car ploughs into bikes, kills one, injures four
Britain plans to introduce new insurance rules to ensure victims of accidents involving self-driving cars are compensated quickly in a bid to remove a major obstacle for the nascent industry. The introduction of self-driving cars has been hampered by legal hurdles in several countries as insurers and legislators try to establish who would ultimately be responsible in the event of an accident. "We must ensure the public is protected in the event of an incident and this week we are introducing the framework to allow insurance for these new technologies," said transport minister Chris Grayling. A single insurance product will be available to cover a driver when a vehicle is being used conventionally, as well as when the car is being used in autopilot mode, the transport ministry said in a statement. The British government wants to encourage the development and testing of autonomous driving technology to build an industry to serve a market it reckons could be worth about 900 billion pounds … [Read more...] about UK plans to remove insurance barriers for self-driving cars