Chief of HCMC vehicle registration center found to be illiterate

By Viet Tuan, Doan Loan   January 3, 2023 | 09:03 pm PT
Chief of HCMC vehicle registration center found to be illiterate
The 50-17D automotive registration center in HCMC's Nha Be District. Photo from the center's Facebook page
Police investigating possible violations by an automotive registration center in HCMC's Nha Be District have found that its director cannot read or write.

Following raids of several registration centers in the city, they had taken in the chief of 50-17D center, and it was then that they discovered he was illiterate.

He admitted to them he had dropped out of third grade 50 years ago, Ministry of Public Security spokesman Major General To An Xo said Tuesday.

A representative of the Vietnam Register under the Ministry of Transport which provides state management of registration for vehicles, told VnExpress Wednesday that the 50-17D center is privately owned. Ho Huu Tai is the center's director but not the registrar and is not responsible for organizing and administering the center's inspection activities or signing the certificate of technical safety and environmental protection of vehicles.

The center currently has six registrars, including deputy director Tran Thanh Vinh, who administers all inspection activities and signs registration certificates. The government decree issued in 2018 regulates that the leader at a registration center is responsible for organizing and administering the unit's inspection activities and signing inspection certificates. This person must be a motor vehicle registrar who has performed the duties of a registrar for at least 36 months. However, there are registration centers operating like a company, with many leaders working together, and one of them can take the leader's responsibility as mentioned in the government decree.

"The investor of the center will choose the leader for the center and therefore, there have been cases in which the leaders are not capable," said the representative, who wants to stay anonymous.

In the past few weeks police and officers from the Ministry of Public Security have raided a number of vehicle inspection centers in HCMC and the provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Bac Giang, and Bac Ninh to look for violations related to certification, technical safety inspection and environmental protection.

In HCMC they have obtained 13 search warrants, launched investigations of six centers and questioned 43 officials for "bribery" and "forgery of documents."

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