Vietnamese metro wants to make car use more expensive

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The Ho Chi Minh City administration has called on the People's Council to hike the license-plate registration fee for cars 10-fold as a means to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.

It wants the the city legislature to increase the fee for cars fewer than 10 seats used for non-business purposes to VND20 million (US$960), saying the low current fee would cause a rapid increase in the number of private cars, which could overwhelm the infrastructure.

It also wants the fee on motorbikes -- currently between VND500,000 and 2 million, depending on the vehicle value -- doubled.

In Hanoi the fee for a car with fewer than 10 seats is VND20 million, and for motorbikes, VND2-4 million.

Last year Ho Chi Minh City also raised the car registration fee from 10 to 15 percent of price, while Hanoi raised it from 12 to 20 percent.

But critics said it was not enough to hike fees and the cities should also improve infrastructure and public transport at the same time.

Ho Chi Minh City has more than 500,000 cars, nearly half of them private, and nearly six million motorbikes.

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