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Drivers voice fierce objections at southern tollgate
Van Huynh
Monday,  Jan 8, 2018,17:38 (GMT+7)

Drivers voice fierce objections at southern tollgate

Van Huynh

CAN THO – Drivers have recently used banknotes of small denomination to pay fees at the Can Tho-Phung Hiep BOT (build-operate-transfer) tollgate between the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and its neighboring Hau Giang Province, resulting in serious traffic congestion there in protest against unreasonable fees.

Tran Phuoc Thanh, a manager at a driving center that is only 200 meters away from the tollgate, said the center has a total 73 cars, but relevant agencies have approved exemptions for 20 cars only.

He noted the center may have to pay billions of Vietnam dong in toll fees on an annual basis, causing huge costs for the enterprise.

The tollgate investor has slashed its toll fees by between 7% and 15% since December 20. Then, the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has agreed fee cuts between 30% and 35% for local residents adjacent to the tollgate since early this year.

However, some drivers said the investor have just applied the fee reduction plan for some drivers in Can Tho City only. This is why many other drivers have voiced their objections.

Can Tho City chairman Vo Thanh Thong and representatives of Hau Giang Province had a working session with the tollgate investor and some local transport companies last Saturday.

According to the chairman, local residents and enterprises said the fees have been still too high, and suggested further reducing the level. Therefore, local authorities plan to work with the Ministries of Transport and Finance, and the tollgate investor to consider their proposal this week.

The expansion of a 22-kilometer section of National Highway 1A between Can Tho City and Hau Giang Province’s Phung Hiep District which has cost the investor more than VND1.83 trillion (US$80.8 million) was opened to traffic in late 2015.

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