Vietnam capital to adjust working hours next year

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Hanoi will start adjusting working hours from the beginning of next year, VnExpress quoted the city's chairman as saying Saturday.

According to Nguyen The Thao, the plan to reduce traffic congestion has been approved by the city's legislature, Hanoi People's Council.

Hanoi is revising the plan in accordance with contributions from members of the legislature and it will be submitted to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung next week for approval, Nguyen Van Khoi, vice chairman of Hanoi's People's Committee said in the newswire.

The municipal leaders said adjusting working hours is among various measures to reduce traffic congestion. Investment into infrastructure and increasing public transportation are also included.

In fact, at the gathering that wrapped up Saturday, the legislature approved the city's plan to increase car registration fees from the current 10 percent to 12 percent of the sales price.

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Meanwhile, license plate fees will go up to VND20 million (US$952), ten times higher than the current fees.

Motorbikes' license plate fees also are set to increase to VND2-4 million (US$95-$190), according to VnExpress.

It quoted Thao as saying that fee increases will help to reduce personal vehicles while earning more income for the city's budget to invest into traffic remedies.

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