The Pinnacle of Inconsistency, Utter Pain and Desperation Is Biting the Hands that Feed You! – 09/18/2013

For Your Entertainment (FYE)
Facing a decline in tourism growth, the government has announced its intention to crackdown on petty thieves, aggressive vendors and extorters, as well as establishing a tourism police force.”
The question now is : Is the tourism police to be newly created there to protect tourists or to “milk” them and replace the petty thieves, aggressive vendors and extorters with their own new brand of abuse ??????
Such as:
As several provinces have banned renting motorbikes to foreigners without local driver’s licenses, people are once again calling on Vietnam to make it easier for them to drive legally .”
Meanwhile, many people said that in addition to cracking down on foreigners without driver’s licenses and the shops that rent motorbikes to them, relevant authorities should simplify the procedures for them to drive legally.”“According to regulations, only foreigners who have lived in Vietnam for at least three months can apply for a driver’s license. Since there is no test available in English or any other foreign language, applicants must be relatively fluent in Vietnamese.”

“Nguyen Van Dung, head of Nha Trang’s traffic police, said most foreigners to rent motorbikes are tourists who are in Vietnam for a less than a month and therefore cannot satisfy the three-month residency requirement.”

“Nguyen Van Dan, deputy director of the Khanh Hoa Department of Transport, said the language barrier is the biggest problem.”

“”However, there should be easier requirements to allow foreigners to obtain a local license,” he said, adding that the driver’s license exam in Vietnam should be available in the languages commonly spoken by tourists.”

“However, Melvyn Jones, who said he visits Vietnam every year, pointed out that if foreigners were to obtain Vietnamese driver’s licenses, it would not reduce the amount of accidents. “

““Both Vietnamese and tourists can drive like lunatics. What is needed is more training and law enforcement.””

Go Figure!!!  ;+)

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