|People pass through a toll collection station at Can Tho Bridge. Can Tho Bridge is one of several bridges throughout the country to be installed with electronic tollbooths under the Transport Ministry's plan. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Ton
HA NOI (VNS) — An electronic toll collection system will be deployed along expanded National Highway No1 and part of HCM Expressway in the Central Highland region after construction has completed next year, according to the Transport Ministry.
The ministry was planning to expand the system to replace manual tolls at all roads nationwide, said Transport Minister Dinh La Thang at conference on the issue this month.
He said that manual tolls on national highways were wasting time and causing congestion with vehicles having to stop to pay fees manually.
Since 2010, the Viet Nam Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam, Vietinbank and investors with Build-Operate-Transfer contracts has co-operated to fit electronic toll technology at 23 toll stations nationwide.
With the bank's OBU card and transponder installed on vehicles, drivers would not have to stop to pay tolls, with the fees to be prepaid or collected automatically from an affiliated credit card service.
Nearly 50,000 OBU card holders use the service available at toll booths including those at Can Tho Bridge, Da Nang Airport, Tan Son Nhat Airport, and National Highway 51 Bien Hoa – Vung Tau.
Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said that the ministry had stopped more than 20 projects to build traditional manual toll stations along National Highway No1 and part of the HCM Expressway.
He said that the ministry was still assessing which toll collection technology to use.
The technology was also required to monitor the load and speed of vehicles and count the number of vehicles that run through toll stations, he said. — VNS