On March 13, 2012, the government promulgated Decree No. 18/2012 stipulating the establishment of the road maintenance fund. The government assigned the Ministry of Finance to set fees for using the roads that would be imposed annually on every vehicle.
The Ministry of Transport has suggested fees of between VND180,000 ($8.6) and VND1.44 million ($70) a month for seven different car groups.
It is expected that the circular would be released in April, so that the vehicle owners would begin paying fees starting June 1.
Prior to that, the Ministry of Transport proposed a vehicle circulation fee – estimated at $20-50 million ($960 – $2,400) - on every vehicle per annum.
In addition, cars entering the central areas of big cities (Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Can Tho and Hai Phong) in peak hours would be subject to another kind of fee.
If all three new fees are applied, every car, whether it is in circulation or in a garage, would bear eight kinds of fees and surcharges in total. The cars entering the central areas of big cities would have to bear nine kinds of fees.