Draft law empowers Hanoi to impose higher fines

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Hanoi will charge five times the national fees for traffic, construction and environment violations, according to the new draft Capital Law.

The draft allows the Hanoi People's Committee to implement solutions to contain private means of transport and high buildings in the downtown area, to speed up ground clearance for projects and to set higher environmental standards than mandated by the central government, local newswire Vnexpress reported Thursday.

Nguyen Vinh Oanh, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Bar Association, told a Hanoi meeting on Thursday that the higher fees might raise anger and accusations of discrimination, especially from non-residents coming to the city to work or for vacations.

However, Hanoi police chief Nguyen Duc Nhanh said the capital city needs higher fines to become "green, clean, beautiful and polite," the newswire reported.

Nhanh suggested the specific fees are set by city legislators.

Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, head representative of Hanoi National Assembly deputies, asked the draft writers to prepare instructions on implementing the law while correcting the draft in order to save time after the law takes effect. Implementation guidelines are usually issued after a law is passed in Vietnam.

The Capital Law draft is expected to be submitted to the government next Monday. The National Standing Committee will consider approving it by October, when Hanoi celebrates its 1,000th anniversary.

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