Driving in Vietnam is a big part of everyday life for most of us living here. For some it is pure joy and for others, a means of getting to and from work, whatever the reason, we are on our bikes very often. Learning to drive in Vietnam is essential as the traffic is very different from the West. Get a valid driver’s license before you head out into the traffic and be sure that you are insured. Remember that insurance companies may not cover your medical costs if you do not have a valid driver’s license so that is another good reason to get one asap.
I’ve been wondering for a long time what are the fees (penalties, ticket, etc.) for traffic violations in Vietnam. These fees are officially published but as there is no available translation, most foreigners do not know what they amount to. Thanks to a Facebook thread and one of the members posting this document(Vietnamese version), I decided to translate it, hoping it will be as useful and informative as it is to me.
Drive safely and enjoy your time in Vietnam!
Vietnamese version (scroll down for translation):
Here goes our attempt at translating N° 171/2013/ND-CP as best as possible. Any comments or pointers you can contribute are welcome.
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These fines are applicable across Vietnam, if you are in Hanoi or Saigon (HCMC), they are the same.
Click on this link for information about fines for traffic violations by cars in Vietnam