HCMC not to seize license plates of illegally parked cars

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities have rejected a proposal to seize license plates from cars parked illegally on streets without drivers.

The city People's Committee announced the decision Wednesday, more than a month after District 1 officials made the proposal, which has caused concern among experts about its legality and practicability. 

Nguyen Thanh Kien, the district chairman, said it would help combat the practice of people parking wherever they liked, especially taxi drivers.

But officials and lawyers said it could be troublesome and violate laws.

Tran Minh San, a member of the city Bar Association, said seizing license plates would be a violation of laws on people's right to property.

However, the district got approval from the Department of Transport to charge parking fees by the hour on 10 downtown streets like Le Loi and Ham Nghi.

The department has sought a more detailed plan to submit to the city authorities.

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The proposal seeks to collect VND7,500 (US$0.35) per hour for the first two hours and double that subsequently from vehicles with 16-30 seats. Those with more than 30 seats will have to pay VND10,000 to start with.

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