Buckle Up or Shut Up

Vietnam’s road safety conundrum: Whose job is it to keep the country’s new drivers safe? “We don’t use those in Vietnam,” said the driver of a popular ride-hailing service with frustration as I searched for the rear seat belts in the depths of his shiny new car. When I found them still wrapped in plastic film,…

From Two Wheels to Four

With a raft of recent international trade and tax agreements coupled with rising incomes and a growing middle class, owning a car is now within the reach of more Vietnamese people than ever, but is Vietnam ready for the changes ahead? By Simon Stanley. Photos by Vinh Dao and Reuters. In 2005 there were just 209,000 passenger…