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Tolls to start on new expressway

Update: February, 24/2012 - 10:26


A view of the Trung Luong Expressway linking HCM City with Tien Giang Province to the east, which will begin collecting toll tomorrow. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
HCM CITY — The 61.9-km Trung Luong Expressway linking HCM City with Tien Giang Province to the east will begin collecting toll tomorrow.

The toll rates have been fixed by the Ministry of Finance (see box).

Four toll stations – at Cho Dam, Ben Luc, and Tan An in Long An Province and Than Cuu Nghia in Tien Giang – have been set up.

All vehicles other than ambulances and fire engines have to pay the toll, which will depend on the distance they travel, unlike on any other highway in the country.

Motorbikes are not allowed to use it.

Most of the toll collected will go to the Government kitty, with 7 per cent of the money to be used for the toll collection expenses and road maintenance.

The six-lane expressway, built at a cost of nearly VND10 trillion (US$476 million), is one of the country's most modern expressways, and will allow vehicles to travel at 120km per hour.

It officially opened to traffic on February 3, reducing travel time from the city to Tien Giang from an average of 90 minutes to just 30 minutes. — VNS


No                                 Vehicles                                                   Price (VND per km)

1 Below 12 seats, truck under 2 tonnes, and public buses             1,000

2 12-30 seats, truck weighing two to four tonnes                        1,500

3 Above 31 seats; trucks weighing four to 10 tonnes                    2,200

4 Trucks weighing 10 – 18 tonnes, 20-foot container trucks           4,000

5 Trucks weighing over 18 tonnes, 40-foot container trucks           8,000

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