Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport has announced tough measures against cars parked for more than three minutes at terminals as part of efforts to combat congestion.
Starting January 25 violators would be fined while cars without drivers would be towed out of the terminal, news website VnExpress quoted an unnamed airport official as saying.
“The driver will have to pay including for checks for explosives and towing.
“Airport security will coordinate with the police and army to handle violations by cars belonging to government and military agencies too and not just taxis and private cars.”
Earlier violators got away with warnings due to a lack of coordination with the traffic police and the airport itself had no right to penalize drivers for illegal parking.
As a result, many, especially drivers of government cars, disdained airport security guards' request to leave.
The new move is among many measures to tackle traffic congestion at the terminal and surrounding areas.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has requested the city Department of Transport to build more links from the domestic terminal to Truong Son Street.
Part of the nearby Gia Dinh Park will be turned into a parking lot for taxis to reduce their number at the airport.
Since 2013 Tan Son Nhat has been operating at well above its designed capacity of 20 million passengers a year, serving more than 26.4 million last year.