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Collection of road fees on Vietnam national highways not overlapping: minister

Friday, May 22, 2015, 20:10 GMT+7
Collection of road fees on Vietnam national highways not overlapping: minister
A road fee collection station at one end of the Dong Nai Bridge linking Dong Nai Province with Ho Chi Minh City

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has confirmed in his report to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that the installation of road fee collection stations on national highways in Vietnam is proper and was already approved by authorities.

That means there is no overlapping in the collection of road fees by the stations, Minister Thang added.

The minimum distance between the two closest road fee collection posts is required to be 70 kilometers on a highway and local authorities and/or the finance ministry must grant their approval for any more collection station on other roads but within the reach to be set up.  

According to the report, Vietnam now has a total of 96 road fee collection posts that are operating or will be put into operation on national highways built in the form of BOT (Build – Operate – Transfer).

They include 45 operating posts and 51 others that will come on stream soon when new road construction finishes from now till 2018.

The positions and installation of the 96 road fee collection facilities have been all approved by the Ministry of Finance and local authorities, according to the report.

The report was prepared following public outcries, especially from transport firms, that so many road fee collection posts have been put up on roads, causing them to incur higher costs.

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