The toll station at Hạc Trì Bridge. –– Photo petrotimes.vn
Viet Nam News
PHÚ THỌ (VNS) –– The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has fined Việt Trì Bridge BOT JSC for illegally blocking vehicles from traveling on Hạc Trì Bridge in this northern province.
The company, last Friday, closed the toll station and directed vehicles to travel through Việt Trì Bridge, which cars and trucks had been blocked from traveling on by the MoT since April 11 because of its deteriorating condition.
A representative from the company said heavy rain that day had caused the electricity system at the station to short-circuit, leading the company to ban vehicles from passing the toll station.
The company’s action violated traffic regulations, affecting the Việt Trì Bridge, the safety of travellers and the secure passage of vehicles, according to the MoT.
Authorities asked the company to reopen the toll station and let traffic pass on Saturday.
Hạc Trì Bridge, which crosses the Lô River, has been in operation since December 2015, with an investment of VNĐ1.9 trillion (US$84.4 million) under the build-operate-transfer model.
The company collects tolls, allowing it to recover its capital over 20 years and eight months.
The lowest fee is VNĐ35,000 ($1.5) per car with fewer than 12 seats. The highest fee is VNĐ180,000 ($8) per truck weighing more than 18 tonnes. — VNS