Toll booths must be located within the scope of road construction or renovation projects, according to a draft circular designed by the Ministry of Transport to replace Circular 15 of 2020.
|A toll plaza on the Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway which is expected to apply ETC on a trial basis from the 2nd quarter of 2022__Photo: vneconomy.vn|
In addition, the location of toll booths must be approved by competent agencies in the projects’ feasibility study reports or schemes on exploitation of road infrastructure facilities.
Newly built toll booths would apply electronic toll collection (ETC) unless otherwise permitted by competent authorities.
Operations of toll booths would be made public. Meanwhile, personal information of vehicle owners must be kept confidential and might be disclosed only when it is so agreed by vehicle owners or requested by state authorities.
There would be two methods for road toll collection, i.e., open tolling and closed tolling. In case of open tolling, the payable toll amounts at each toll stations would be fixed based on the type of vehicle rather than the journey distance on the tolled road. Regarding closed tolling, tolls would be calculated based on both factors mentioned above.
Toll collection management units, toll booth operation units and toll collection service providers would have to regularly inspect and supervise the operation of toll stations, provide sufficient information, data, and documents to authorities when requested.
Particularly, vehicles using monthly or quarterly toll tickets must be installed with e-tags so as to pay tolls by ETC method. An e-tag would be used for only one vehicle. In case their e-tags are damaged or if they wish to shift to another toll collection service providers, vehicle owners should contact service providers for settlement.- (VLLF)