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Parking lots raise prices over the holiday season

Update: February, 26/2015 - 08:45
A parking lot on Ha Noi's Ly Thuong Kiet Street. Parking lots at tourism and relic sites in the city reportedly overcharged customers during the Lunar New Year Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Tung Lam

HA NOI (VNS) — During the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, parking lots at tourism and relic sites in Ha Noi dramatically hiked their parking fees by from three to five times the government regulated prices, leaving many visitors feeling cheated.

A correspondent of the online newspaper Dan tri's reported that parking lots at the Tay Ho Temple in the Quang An ward had parking fees of VND10,000 per motorbike but the regulated prices of the municipal People's Committee is VND3,000.

The prices for automobile parking were VND70,000, almost three times the regulated price of VND25,000.

To avoid suspicious visitors, motorbike guards did not use the parking ticket forms released by the Ha Noi People's Committee; they made their own parking tickets marked up with their higher prices.

Tran Thi Mai, 52, a resident in Cau Giay District, said that when she questioned the vehicle guards about the prices they told her that if she didn't want to pay she could park her bike wherever she wanted, just not in their lots.

"I did not want to quarrel with them, so I had to agree," she said.

Similarly, at the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), the prices for automobile parking was VND50,000.

In HCM City, illegally hiked parking fees were managed well, said local authorities.

Trinh Phuong Thai, director of the Public Services Company under the Voluntary Youth Benefit Service Co Ltd, said that the company set up nearly 70 parking lots in the city with 900 guards.

All of the lots put up price signs in accord with the municipal People's Committee's price.

Le Truong Hai Hieu, deputy chairman of the District 1 People's Committee, said that on February 16 the district set up an inspection team to check more than 20 parking lots in the area. Five parking lots were found with raised prices of VND10,000 for motorbikes and were fined. — VNS

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