Launch of UK Government’s Safe Motorbike Campaign in Vietnam

Daily News - Saigon/HCMC: Sept. 14, 2018

On Thursday, 27 September 2018, the British Consulate-General Ho Chi Minh City will launch the #KnowSafetyNoAccidents campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding motorbikes, how to minimise the risk of serious accidents and encourage personal responsibility when choosing to ride a motorbike. The launch welcomes all Vietnamese citizens and British nationals.

According to the World Health Organisation, on average 1 person dies every hour in a road accident in Vietnam. Motorbike accidents are the leading cause of death, severe injury, and emergency evacuation of foreigners in Vietnam. Many British Nationals visiting or living in Vietnam are not sufficiently prepared or equipped to ride motorbikes. Furthermore, road conditions differ significantly from those in the United Kingdom with many drivers failing to adhere to road traffic rules and patchy enforcement of traffic laws.

Asia Pacific Consular Regional Director, Mr John Fox stated that “The road safety record for motorbike riders in Vietnam is alarming. The Consular department of the UK government in Vietnam has experienced an increasing number of reported consular cases related to motorbike accidents. A 61 percent increase in the total number of reported incidents from 2015 to 2017 (11 vs. 18 cases). Among these cases, 60 percent involved tourists; 80 percent were under the age of 35; and 1/3 of the affected persons were uninsured.”

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“The Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign in Vietnam is one of the British Consular Team efforts to reduce the numbers of British citizens involved in accidents. This campaign is also an integral part of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s commitment to minimising the risk to British Nationals overseas through reducing preventable incidents,” said British Consul-General Ian Gibbons.

Many experts and speakers will join the launch event to give practical experience about riding motorbikes in Vietnam, common injuries, typical cases and medical advice. The National Traffic Safety Committee will also attend the event and update information on the Vietnamese government’s requirements for driving a motorbike in Vietnam and what is considered to be a standard motorbike helmet.

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After the launch, Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign will offer an information booth at British Business Group Fun Run events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in September and November 2018 to raise public awareness of the campaign.

Location: British International School Ho Chi Minh City, Early Years & Infant Campus.
101 Thao Dien Street, Thao Dien, Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Time: 17:30 – 20:00, Thursday 27th September 2018

Hosted by: Consular Section, British Consulate-General Ho Chi Minh City

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