Vietnam metros to levy higher traffic fines

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Traffic violation fines in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be increased as part of efforts to reduce congestion in Vietnam's two major cities, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Wednesday.

The decree has already been assessed by the Ministry of Justice and would be issued within the next few days, Dung said at a meeting with Hanoi authorities, noting that the enforcement of traffic laws should be strengthened as well to make the move effective.

He also asked the Ministry of Finance to make plans for increases in registration fees and collection of traffic fees for vehicles as a solution to restrict personal vehicles in Hanoi.

The capital, for example, should increase the registration fees from current 12 percent to 15 percent of the vehicles' cost for cars with less than 10 seats, Finance Minister Vu Van Ninh suggested.

Further studies on the increase and traffic fee collection in Hanoi and other big cities were underway, he added.

Also at the meeting, Dung agreed to list several infrastructure projects in the capital, including the Cat Linh Ha Dong railway line as national focus projects, and give it more authority in investment and choosing contractors for certain projects to speed them up.

He asked the Ministry of Public to review Hanoi's proposal to limit the immigration of citizens to the city center.

"In 2009 [Hanoi managed] to decrease the number of traffic jam points from 124 to 60. This year the city needs to try to cut it down from 60 to 30," Dung said.

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