“I confirm that the fee will not be collected this year since the implementation of the fee must undergo a process,” the minister said when replying to questions from the media on the issue at a press conference of the Government’s Office yesterday.
“The media has commented on three kinds of fees: a road maintenance fee , a fee on personal road vehicle users , and a fee on cars that enter cities’ downtown in rush hour. Of the fees, the first will be collected from June 1, 2012, while for the two others, [which are collectively the “fee for limiting personal vehicle use”], the ministry has yet to propose the timing for them given that the economy remains troubled, Thang said.
“The fee rate on cars is planned to be VND20-50 million (US$960-2,400) per year, but after receiving feedback from the public , we have divided the fee into several levels, including VND10 million, VND15 million, VND20 million per year and so on”, the minister told Tuoi Tre.
“With the number of cars on the road now estimated at 600,000, the total revenue will be VND12 -15 trillion per year”.
As for motorbikes, the fee will be collected only in five localities: Hanoi, HCMC, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho. The People’s Committees and People’s Councils of those cities will be assigned to decide on fee rates and the collection methods, Thang said.
Such fees will only exist for a certain period, and once the country becomes an industrialized nation by 2020 the fees on personal vehicles may be abolished (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
The ministry has submitted a roadmap for the two fees to the Government, which will consider the subject before referring it to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for approval.
“We will also implement the Government’s instructions regarding the collection of public opinion on the fees. It is our responsibility to perfect the fee project,” Thang said.
When asked why the ministry has chosen the levying of the fees while the NA has brought forward several measures related to improving the traffic situation, Thang said the proposed fees are only one of a series of measures the ministry and relevant agencies will have to take uniformly to strengthen traffic safety and ease congestion.
Such fees will only exist for a certain period, and once the country becomes an industrialized nation by 2020 the fees on personal vehicles may be abolished, since the traffic infrastructure at that time will be better than present, facilitating the use of cars as well as other means of transport.
Fees on cars that travel into cities' downtown have been divided into 5 levels, starting at VND10 million per year (Photo: Giao Duc Viet Nam)