|Heavy trucks run on the roads of Van Lam District in Hung Yen Province, although trucks weighing more than six tonnes are banned from using these roads. — Photo www.vnexpress.net
HUNG YEN (VNS) – Heavy container trucks are travelling through Van Lam District of Hung Yen Province, instead of National Highway 5, after the road management unit doubled the road toll earlier this month.
Nguyen Van Dieu, head of fee collection station number one on National Highway 5, said since the beginning of this month, 2,000 to 3,000 container trucks were travelling daily on local roads in Van Lam District to avoid paying the high toll, causing a loss of VND85 million (US$3,800) per day.
Before December, 15,000 to 16,000 container trucks were going through this fee collection station. However, this number fell sharply after the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway opened to traffic, and after some drivers started using other roads to avoid paying the toll.
"We have informed the local authorities and police about the situation, and have asked them to punish those trucks that are avoiding payment of the toll and are damaging local roads," Dieu said.
Some truck drivers have even shared the map of local roads on social networks to help others avoid paying the tax. A few drivers said they might be fined by the police several times, but by avoiding the toll, they were saving up to VND160,000 each time.
Pham Ngoc Thao, vice-director of the department of transport of Hung Yen Province, told a reporter of VnExpress that trucks that avoided paying the toll have seriously damaged many roads (where trucks weighing more than six tonnes were prohibited), caused severe traffic jams and affecting the lives of local inhabitants. However, he said he has not yet thought of other efficient solutions to cope with this situation.
According to a decree of the finance ministry, from December 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, the toll for a truck with less than 12 seats and a two- tonne lorry is VND30,000 per trip. The tax on trucks weighing more than 18 tonnes is VND160,000. After March 31, 2016, the tax will be raised to VND45,000 and VND200,000, respectively. — VNS