New proposal aims at road maintenance fees of $307 mil a year

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A new proposal for road maintenance fees, if approved, will collect about VND6 trillion ($307.7 million) a year, according to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRV).


Under the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Transport on Monday (January 24), each motorbike will pay between VND80,000 - 150,000 (US$4.10-7.69) a year to the road maintenance fund.


The fees for cars have not yet been firmly decided, but they would have to be paid monthly or once in every three or six months, said Nguyen Van Quyen, deputy DRV chief. 


He said they were waiting for more opinions and contributions from the ministry before proposing the fees for cars.


Asked about toll booths at roads and bridges built under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) investment form, Quyen said they would continue operating after the fees take effect, as the fund wouldn't provide fees for them.


Currently about 16 toll booths are operating at BOT projects, he said.


However, six of them have been ordered to be suspended by the Prime Minister's order because their collection has been too low. 


Last year the transport ministry submitted a proposal to collect road maintenance fees by asking vehicles to pay more when buying gasoline and diesel. But this was objected to by the public, experts and lawmakers alike as unreasonable.


The proposal asked vehicle users to pay an extra VND1,000 ($0.05) for each liter of petrol. Meanwhile, those that run on diesel would pay VND100-800 per kilometer that will be calculated by a special device attached to the vehicles.


While waiting for specific plan to set up the device, the ministry had suggested a monthly charge of VND180,000-1.4 million ($9.48- 73.76) for every diesel-run vehicle.


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