Automatic Toll Set for All Highways in Vietnam by End of July | Company

An ETC station on the Hanoi-Hai Phong highway. (Photo: VNA)

The Ministry of Transport has requested Vietnam Roads Directorate (DRVN), Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), Vietnam Infrastructure Development and Finance Investment Joint Stock Company (VIDIFI) and other service providers to carry out the Prime Minister’s request on the completion of automatic non-stop toll collection (ETC).

The ministry has asked VEC to order service providers and related units to urgently install and operate the ETC system on highways by July 31.

If there is any delay, the ministry will deal with it according to its competence or report it to the authorities for strict handling according to law, including suspension of toll collection.

The ministry has asked DRVN to lead and coordinate with VEC the roll-out of the ETC system on the highways managed by VEC, ensuring timing and smooth operation.

Meanwhile, VIDIFI was instructed to continue to fly ETC on Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway only.

In particular, service providers should pay attention to the dissemination of CTE information on the highway and prepare traffic control plans and paging to limit ineligible vehicles from accessing the highway, causing traffic jams and poor security.

DRVN will help VIDIFI to successfully pilot the operation of ETC on the Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway.

In addition, the agency should prepare monthly reports on the results of the ETC pilot operation and propose the timing of the end of the operation as well as modify, complete and supplement the mechanisms, policies, legal regulations and other related matters on the ETC.

On increasing the usage rate of ETC payment tags (e-tags), the ministry requires ETC service providers to improve service quality to reach 80-90% of vehicles nationwide to use electronic tags by September.

The VNDR will lead and support service providers in increasing the number of cards and expanding services to achieve the target rate of vehicles with electronic tags, the ministry said.

To install ETC stations on the highways, the ministry has asked the DRVN to direct the build-operate-transfer (BOT) investors managed by the ministry to coordinate and support localities in the installation by June 30.

Toll collection will be suspended at overdue stations.

According to the DRVN, at the end of May this year, the number of vehicles equipped with electronic tags was almost 3 million, reaching more than 65%, an increase of more than 648,000 vehicles compared to before December 31, 2021.

Currently, there are 48 ETC tracks belonging to stations managed by the Ministry of Transport (excluding 12 tracks belonging to Cau Gie-Ninh Binh expressway managed by VEC) and 52 ETC tracks belonging to stations under local management that need to be installed.

The DRVN will continue to mobilize and require vehicle owners to use e-tags and the ETC service to reach at least 90% of vehicles affixed with e-tags to use the ETC service by September.

The agency will also coordinate with traffic police to strictly punish drivers of vehicles that are not allowed to enter ETC lanes causing traffic obstruction in accordance with Government Decree No. 123/2021.

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