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HCMC to launch non-stop toll collection service in early 2018

Le Anh
Tuesday,  Sep 26,2017,18:45 (GMT+7)
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HCMC to launch non-stop toll collection service in early 2018

Le Anh

A view of Phu My Bridge, which is one of the three BOT infrastructure projects in HCMC which will launch non-stop toll collection service in early 2018 - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

HCMC – HCMC will launch non-stop electronic toll collection service at three build-operate-transfer (BOT) toll stations on Hanoi Highway, Phu My Bridge and An Suong-An Lac in January 1, 2018.

According to the HCMC Department of Transport, the non-stop electronic toll collection systems at these tollgates will be connected with other tollgates nationwide in line with the guidance of the Ministry of Transport. Each toll station will have four lanes for non-stop electronic toll collection.

Non-stop toll collection will help eliminate traffic congestion by debiting the accounts of the registered car owners via an on-board unit (OBU) without requiring them to stop and buy tickets.

The city launched a non-stop electronic toll collection system at HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway toll station in August 2017. Data of Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E) as the tollgate operator shows that during the one-month trial, there had been only 185 OBUs bought or rented.

According to transport enterprises, of OBU price and rental fee are too high. In particular, each OBU is sold at VND2.3 million (over US$100) and offered for rent for VND70,000 per month with a minimum rental period of one year.

Vehicle owners can also borrow OBUs but they have to place a deposit of VND2.5 million.

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