Toll halved on two central toll stations after protest

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport on Monday slashed toll by half at two toll stations on the Ben Thuy Bridge for residents from some areas in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported.


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An official inspects a vehicle at a toll station. – VNA/VNS Photo


Type 1 and Type 2 vehicles owned by permanent residents of and organisations/enterprises headquartered in the central Vinh City, Nghe An Province’s Hung Nguyen District, and Ha Tinh Province’s Nghi Xuan District and Hong Linh Town are eligible for reduced toll charges at the Ben Thuy 1 and Ben Thuy 2 toll stations, as per the document signed by deputy transport minister Le Dinh Tho.

Type 1 vehicles include buses with less than 12 seats, trucks weighing two tonnes or less and public coach buses. Type 2 vehicles include buses with 12 to 30 seats and trucks that weigh two to four tonnes, the document said.

The reduced fee comes into effect on April 15.

The transport ministry has asked Civil Engineering Construction No 4 Joint Stock Company (Cienco 4) to complete necessary procedures, calculate financial implications in accordance with the adjusted fees and submit a report before April 10.

The People’s Committees of Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces are responsible for directing local authorities to collaborate with investors and enterprises to identify vehicles eligible for fee reduction, for developing solutions to ensure traffic order and safety, and for ensuring there are no traffic jams because of toll collection, the ministry said.

Cienco 4, an investor of the two Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) toll stations, was reportedly collecting toll from vehicles that were not using the BOT sections.

Recently, locals from Nghi Xuan District and Vinh City had driven hundreds of vehicles covered with slogan-printed banners on the Ben Thuy Bridge to protest against the high toll fee charged by the company.

VNS

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