Viet Nam Toll booths to be fined for long delays
Toll booths across the country that force drivers to suffer through long delays will face fines starting August 1.
The fines are called for in a new decree, number 46/2016/N?-CP, specifying administrative fines on roads and railways and issued by the Government last month.
Accordingly, toll booths will be subjected to a punishment of VN?8-10 million (US$350-450) if 100 to 150 cars are in line waiting to pay their tolls, or the queue reaches 750 to 1,000 metres long. The punishment will also be enforced if drivers report they have to wait ten to twenty minutes to pay tolls.
In case the line of vehicles is more than 2km long, or there are more than 200 vehicles lined up or the waiting time is over thirty minutes, the highest penalty of VN?30-40 million ($1,350-1,800) will be collected from the toll both management board.
The fining of toll collectors aims to reduce traffic jams at toll booths on many routes, especially those which are heavily used in Vi?t Nam.
Despite having taken several measures, such as investments in road expansions, opening more gates to collect fees or mobilising more workers at toll booths, the situation does not seem to have improved.
Further, manual fee collections might longer be feasible, since the number of vehicles travelling on highways has significantly increased.
Transportation experts suggested installing non-stop toll systems or electronic toll collection (ETC) systems to help end delays and reduce costs.
The transport ministry plans to install ETCs at all toll booths nationwide starting in 2020.
ETCs have been installed at three toll stations, in Qu?ng Bình, Ngh? An and ??k L?k provinces, on a trial basis. — VNS
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