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Bus station rakes in illegal fees

Update: July, 18/2014 - 09:57

The inspection was conducted following complaints from the transport businesses about the station violating regulations.— Photo dantri

CAN THO (VNS) — Transport inspectors found numerous violations committed at the Can Tho coach station in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho during their recent surprise inspection.

The inspection was conducted following complaints from the transport businesses about the station violating regulations.

The station was found to have collected overnight parking fees at the rate of VND35,000 to 45,000 (US$1.7 to 2.1) per bus every night, which was 20 to 30 per cent higher than the standard rate set by the municipal People's Committee, announced the inspectors on Wednesday.

They also discovered that fees were collected for such services as sanitation and security, which should be have been a part of the coach station-use fees as regulated, said Deputy Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Transport, Thach Nhu Sy.

As a result, transport businesses had to pay an additional 70 per cent as station-use services fees.

Also, during the inspection it was discovered that the station's facilities failed to meet requirements as a first-class coach station, which it had been registered as with local authorities. If named a first-class station, it benefits from higher services fees.

At a recent meeting with representatives from the transport ministry, Phuong Trang Tourism and Transport Company Director Dang Trong Hien said his company had to pay nearly VND1.8 billion ($85,000) per month for all services used at the station.

Around 70 transport businesses often use the services at the Can Tho coach station.

Deputy Transport Minister Le Dinh Tho ordered the Can Tho Coach Station Joint Stock Company, which operates the Can Tho coach station, to stop collecting all illegal fees and quickly adjust service fees to bring them on par with current regulations.

He asked the local transport department to inspect and identify those responsible for these violations and punish them. The department was also instructed to regularly inspect operations of coach stations in the city, particularly Can Tho coach station, to prevent such future misdemeanours. — VNS

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