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HN proposes to halt road maintenance fee collection

Update: August, 25/2015 - 13:00
Motorbike drivers travel in a street of Ha Noi. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's transport department has suggested to the capital's People's Committee that the collection of the annual road maintenance fee from motorbike owners should halt from next year.

A transport department report says nearly VND100 billion (US$4.4 million) has been collected from motorbike owners in annual road maintenance fees since 2013.

However, the report said the collections fell in 2013, 2014 and in the first six months of 2015, amounting to VND55 billion ($2.4 million), VND36 billion ($1.6 million) and just VND3.6 billion ($160,000), respectively.

Director of the transport department Vu Van Vien said no specific deterrent measures for people who neglected to pay the fee were blamed for the drop in collections.

There were no regulations as to who would inspect and penalise violators and manage the money collected, he said.

Thus, the department asked the capital's People's Committee to temporarily suspend the fee collection till the transport and finance ministries fixed the problem, he said.

At present, the tax is VND50,000 (US$2.2) per year for motorbikes of less than 100cc and VND100,000 ($4.4) for motorbikes of 100cc and above.

There are more than four million motorbikes in the city.

In a related move, the finance ministry said the government should temporarily suspend the collection of the annual road maintenance fee from motorbike owners from January 1, 2016.

The proposal came after the fee collection process faced several difficulties nationwide, the ministry said. — VNS

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