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Ministry to crackdown on dated diplomatic licences

Update: May, 24/2013 - 10:06

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Public Security will inspect cars with diplomatic licence plates, handing out fines to those that are out of date.

The move, starting from June 10, reflects the fact that more than 1,000 tax-free cars for foreign diplomats and staff had been misused or illegally transferred without tax payments.

The State is reported to have lost billions of dong in lost taxes.

Finance Ministry statistics show that between 1998 and August 2009, 4,366 cars were imported into Viet Nam by diplomatic agencies.

Under regulations, a foreign diplomat is permitted to temporarily import a car for use during his or her term in the country without paying taxes or fees.

However, many diplomatic cars were first owned by foreign diplomats who then sold them to Vietnamese people after the diplomats' tenures ended.

Ha Noi traffic police have detected 508 out of 567 diplomatic cars under its management are due to have their licence plates revoked.

Lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Van Duc of the city Police Department confirmed the move.

Colonel Nguyen Huu Danh, deputy director of the Road and Railways Police Department, said police nationwide have told the owners of diplomatic vehicles of their intentions and suggested they renew registration by June. — VNS

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