Truck seized after moving backwards on expressway

By Viet Quoc   May 29, 2023 | 01:43 am PT
A container truck was seized by police in the central Binh Thuan Province on Monday after it was filmed driving backwards on an expressway.

A container truck moves backwards on Dau Giay - Phan Thiet Expressway in Binh Thuan Province, May 28, 2023. Video provided by Binh Thuan police

Camera footage showed the driver was driving backwards amid busy traffic on the expressway on Sunday afternoon, before making a right turn.

Many cars had to slow down or switch to a different lanes to avoid the truck.

The police then looked for the truck and found it on Monday afternoon at a garage in the province's Ham Thuan Nam District.

Chiếc container vi phạm bị tạm giữ tại huyện Hàm Thuận Nam, tỉnh Bình Thuận. Ảnh: Công an cung cấp

The container truck that drove backwards on Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway is held by police in Binh Thuan Province. Photo courtesy of Binh Thuan police

The male driver, 29, from the nearby Binh Dinh Province, has been summoned. He faces fines of VND16-18 million (US$682-767) and a license revoke for between five and seven months.

The Dau Giay – Phan Thiet Expressway, which runs 99 km through Dong Nai and Binh Thuan provinces, opened to traffic on April 29, linking with the HCMC – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway between HCMC and Dong Nai, and thus helps reduce travel time between HCMC to beach town Phan Thiet from five to two hours.

There are only three intersections now for drivers to enter and exit the expressway.

Four others are still under construction.

Early this month, a man was fined VND17 million (US$730) and had his license revoked for six months for driving on the wrong side on the expressway. He told the traffic police he had been "lost."

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