Vietnam requires children to wear helmets

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April 18, 2009 09:51

 
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Vietnam has closed a legal loophole that exempts children from wearing motorcycle helmets when they ride with their parents, state media reported Saturday. Under a revised Transport Law that will take effect July 1, adults transporting children under age of 16 without a helmet will be fined up to 200,000 dong ($11), the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper said. Currently, children under 16 or the adults responsible for them cannot be penalized if youngsters riding as passengers do not wear a helmet. The World Health Organization has urged the Vietnamese government to amend the law to include penalties.

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