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Strict bus inspections in place across Vientiane for Pi Mai Lao

Vientiane authorities are establishing technical inspection stations for vehicles and drivers at the Southern and Northern Bus Terminals. This move aims to provide additional safety to passengers during  Pi Mai Lao.
The Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department’s transportation management division head Mr Sivone Subthavy told Vientiane Times on Wednesday we are working in cooperation with the Vientiane Traffic Police Department to start technical inspections of vehicles at the southern and northern bus terminals from April 9 to 16.
“We are focusing on inspections for vehicle integrity, with technical checks of all buses and vans prior to departure from terminals. We are also checking readiness of drivers and second-drivers, with particular focus on alcohol checks at the terminals,” he said.
“If found, any vehicles or drivers who violate regulations will be stopped. Passengers would change to alternate services. Besides these checks, we are also inspecting the number of passengers inside buses and vans according to the seating regulations of vehicles, to prevent any chance of overloaded or unsafe vehicles.” Mr Sivone said.
He said they would also be setting up inspection stations along Road No.13 South and North to check for any overloaded public buses.
The Southern and Northern Bus Terminals in Vientiane also plan to add more bus services to cater to the higher number of passengers during  Pi Mai Lao.
This year, Vientiane’s Southern and International Bus Terminals plan to add more than 30 buses to service passengers who want to travel to their hometowns in the central and southern provinces. According to the official in charge, bus fares will remain unchanged.
More than 14,000 people used bus services during Pi Mai Lao last year. Most of them travelled to Champassak, Savannakhet and Khammuan provinces.
This year’s  Pi Mai Lao holiday lasts for five days, because two extra days have been added to the official three-day break to compensate for Saturday and Sunday.
Large volumes of people will return to their hometowns or visit the southern provinces, creating the need for increased bus services, an official said.
It is expected the number of passengers using these services to increase to around 16,000 this year.
The Northern Bus Terminal also plans to add more buses to cope with the expected increase in passengers.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 13, 2018

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