|One reason for the tardiness was that ward and commune authorities did not know how to collect fees for motorbikes not registered in the city.— Photo phapluatxahoi
HA NOI (VNS)— Although the regulation on road maintenance fee collection came into effect over a month ago, Ha Noi's munic-ipal Department of Transport has not yet received any reports on fee collection from wards and districts.
Most are still working to make up the list of motorbikes in their areas, said deputy director of the department Nguyen Xuan Tan.
One reason for the tardiness was that ward and commune authorities did not know how to collect fees for motorbikes not registered in the city.
Chairman of the Me Tri Commune People's Committee in Tu Liem District Dao Tang Quynh told Tien phong (Vanguard) newspaper that the commune had nearly 38,000 people, with more than 10,000 of them visitors from other provinces and cities temporarily residing in the commune.
"The people are of working age so everyone has a motorbike, however, the city authorities did not give guidance on collecting fees for motorbikes not registered in the city," he said.
Similarly, Dai Kim Ward had not collected fees from motorbikes registered or not registered in the city to avoid contradiction, said Nguyen Dinh Khoi, head of the ward's Hamlet 14.
Deputy director Tan said Ha Noi would not collect road maintenance fees for motorbikes registered in different provinces and cities. Owners of the motorbikes would pay the fees in the provinces and cities where they registered their motorbikes based on Ministry of Finance regulations.
Furthermore, to facilitate the collection, the city should set up road maintenance fee funds in districts, so that localities could directly hand in the funds they had collected, he said.
The city began to collect the fee from July 21 according to the municipal People's Committee's Decision No 24. The fee is VND50,000 (US$2.3) per year for motorcycles of less than 100cc and VND100,000 ($4.6) for motorcycles over 100cc
The city now had more than 4.4 million motorbikes and nearly 1 million of these were registered in different provinces and cities, according to statistics issued last year by the Ha Noi Department of Transport. — VNS