|The Đại Yên toll station on National Route 18. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — The People’s Committee of the coastal Quảng Ninh Province on Monday urged the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to waive tolls on National Route 18 for nearby residents.
Hundreds of residents of the northern province’s Đại Yên Ward gathered at the Đại Yên build-transfer-operate (BOT) toll station on National Route 18 last Wednesday, requesting a waiver of tolls for those who live in adjacent areas and frequently pass the station, the Người lao động (The Labourer) online newspaper reported.
“It’s unreasonable that locals like us who pass the station three or four times a day are subject to tolls,” a local resident told the newspaper. It is the second time in a fortnight that residents gathered to express their objection to toll collection at the station.
Upon the residents’ request, the Quảng Ninh People’s Committee on Monday proposed to MoT’s Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam to waive tolls for drivers of vehicles with less than 12 seats that are permanent residents of Hạ Long City’s Đại Yên Ward and Quảng Yên Town’s Minh Thành Ward.
The Ocean BOT JSC, manager of the Đại Yên toll station, also proposed to reduce tolls for all vehicles passing the station.
Nguyễn Xuân Cường, deputy director of the directorate, agreed to present the proposals to MoT.
The Đại Yên toll station is located on a stretch of National Route 18 that connects Hạ Long and Uông Bí cities. The stretch was renovated under the BOT mechanism and reopened for public use in October 2014. All vehicles running to and from these two cities must pass the station. — VNS