16:40 | 29/06/2015 Society
Bridgestone Vietnam and the Benhvienoto Group have jointly organised a two-day Bus Care Day in Ha Noi, after holding it in HCM City.
Being held in Giap Bat Coach Station on June 25 and 26, the event aims to raise bus drivers' and owners' awareness of safety and the importance of vehicle maintenance.
Hundreds of bus drivers and owners can avail of free inspection, checkup and maintenance of their vehicles. Well-known auto brand GS Vietnam is providing technical support to bus drivers and owners.
In Viet Nam, buses are commonly used to reduce the need for personal transportation. This also helps to reduce the rate of traffic accidents, increase economic benefits and protect the environment. However, the number of accidents involving buses has increased dramatically recently, reflecting the lack of necessary technical knowledge among bus drivers and owners about bus-related operations.
According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, improper awareness and the lack of knowledge are the causes of 80 per cent of all accidents. In addition, there have been many cases of buses speeding, carrying of excess weight, drivers falling asleep behind the wheel, or of lane encroachment. Some bus drivers and co-drivers don't even know the differences in tyre pressure for different types of load being carried in their vehicles. This lack of knowledge, which can endanger the life and safety of bus passengers and other road users, is a serious matter.
To address this urgent and grave issue, Bridgestone Vietnam and Benhvienoto Group decided to raise awareness about safety and vehicle maintenance among bus drivers and owners in Viet Nam. On Bus Care Day, safety-related messages will be communicated to bus drivers, co-drivers and owners via interactive activities./.