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Pay More To Drive

The papers a local motorcyclist needs. Meanwhile, owners of cars and motorbikes, particularly those in big cities, such as Hanoi and HCMC, will have to pay new road charges.

Pay More To Drive

By Quynh Thu

Car drivers and motocyclists will have to pay more road charges
The papers a local motorcyclist needs. Meanwhile, owners of cars and motorbikes, particularly those in big cities, such as Hanoi and HCMC, will have to pay new road charges.

Despite the ever-growing number of automobiles, a motorbike is the sine qua non of the majority of Saigonese in the working age. Swamps of motorbikes crisscrossing the streets are a familiar scene in this city during rush hours. Like other cities in the world, traffic rules abound here, but the problem is that many still disregard them. Ask a traffic rule violator and he’ll say, “Don’t be silly! In this traffic labyrinth, how can I manage to move if I observe the rules while others don’t? Be both fair and practical!”

So, to be fine and not to be fined while riding or driving in Saigon, don’t mess with traffic police officers. In legal terms, however, have you ever wondered what the papers a motorcyclist in Saigon needs while riding his or her bike?

The paperwork requires a motor cyclist to have four kinds of licenses and certificates.

First, you must be qualified to ride. That means you must have a driver’s license close at hand. Second, you have to get the bike’s registration certificate ready. Also, don’t forget your ID card and the certificate of insurance for motorcyclists.

Current laws allow traffic police to impose fines on motorbike riders failing to produce any of the above papers. Although the chance is slender in which a motorcyclist is intercepted by traffic police officers in HCMC without a clear violation, as the law stands, however, an officer is entitled to stop a bike and ask the rider to produce his or her papers. Cases have been reported by Netizens in which motorcyclists were stopped by traffic police officers just to check the former’s papers. You fail to show the driver’s license because you don’t bring it with you? Then, you can be given a fine of up to VND80,000. No bike registration certificate? A fine of up to VND80,000. No insurance policy? A fine of up to VND120,000. No ID? A fine of up to VND100,000. Bear in mind that these fines are applicable to those who forget to bring these papers. Those who don’t have them will receive much heavier fines.

So, when somebody does break a traffic rule and is intercepted by the police, he or she should check their wallets or purses.

To be on the safe side, don’t forget to bring the above four kinds of paper when holding onto the handlebar. It’s better to stack them into your wallet or purse.

And don’t forget to save a space for another paper which will become effective as of the first of June. From that date on, owners of cars and motorbikes will have to pay for road maintenance fees which are to be collected on a monthly basis for automobiles and a yearly basis for motorcycles. According to the proposal by the Ministry of Transportation, fees for cars will range from VND180,000 to VND1,440,000, and those for motorbikes from VND80,000 to VND150,000, depending upon their engines’ capacity. However, these rates are reported to be revised.

While the new fee is due soon, two others are under scrutiny. The local press has reported about the fees at length after the minister of transportation had a working session lately with the city government. He said the new ones—the annual circulation license fee and the urban toll charging drivers entering downtown areas of major cities, such as Hanoi and HCMC, which is similar to Singapore’s Area Licensing Scheme—are among measures to restrict the number of personal transport means. The new road charges will be forwarded to the legislature for approval in the coming time.

According to Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper, like the road maintenance fee, the annual circulation fee will be paid on a monthly basis for cars and a yearly basis for motorbikes. Automobile charges will range between VND20 million and VND50 million and motorcycles between VND500,000 and VND1 million, depending upon the capacity of the vehicle’s engine. In the urban toll scheme, each car with seven seats or fewer will have to pay VND30,000 each time it enters the central business district, and others will pay VND50,000. However, the final proposals for the above fees are still under discussion before being forwarded to the Prime Minister and the National Assembly.
Certainly, news about these new fees has provoked a huge public outcry. As the Vietnamese are still grappling with one price hike after another, they want authorities to come up with reasonable charges so that they can survive the hard time.

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