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Time for collecting road-use fee submits to extend

Update: March, 21/2012 - 16:57

HA NOI – The Ha Noi Transport Association has drafted a proposal to postpone the collection of road-use fees until next January and has agreed to reduce the proposed fee by 60 per cent.

The changes aim to help transport enterprises and local people avoid potential hardships as a result of the new fees.

Bui Danh Lien, Chairman of the association said that if the fee were collected now, transport enterprises would face many difficulties due to the increasing cost of electricity and oil.

Transport enterprises must also complete the installation of monitoring devices, which cost VND7 million (US$336) each, before July 1, he said.

A fee exemption has been proposed for motorbike users.

"It will take at least five years for transport infrastructure to be improved. Then we will be able to limit or ban motorbikes from travelling at rush hours in big cities," he said.

A proposal to ban taxis from travelling on certain streets during rush hours also needed to be considered because taxis were meant to transport passengers rather than be used as personal vehicles, Lien said.

The State was advised to list taxis as a public transport vehicle, which would prompt localities to build parking lots and taxi enterprises would benefit from a priority fee scale, he said.

The Transport Ministry proposal suggested road-use fees of VND180,000-1,440,000 (US$9-70) per month for cars and VND80,000-150,000 ($4-7.5) per year for motorbikes. – VNS

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