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Deputy PM urges ministries to address illegitimate fee collection at airports
The Saigon Times Daily
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Deputy PM urges ministries to address illegitimate fee collection at airports

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has told the Ministry of Transport to coordinate with the Ministry of Finance to take measures to deal with illegitimate fee collections from cars coming to airports.

According to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, cars going to and from 21 airports have to pay a fee of VND7,000-30,000 each although these cars come to airports less than five minutes. These airports earned up to VND551 billion from such fees between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2015.

The fee collection is beneficial to ACV and the Government but ACV has violated the Land Law and the Civil Aviation Law and affected the interests of passengers who are required to pay the fee no matter whether they use traditional taxis or those of ride-hailing firms Uber and Grab, or private vehicles.

The Deputy PM asked the two ministries to submit a report on the handling of the violations to the Government before March this year.

As for land use management at airports, the Ministry of Transport was assigned to cooperate with the Ministries of Natural Resources-Environment and National Defense and authorities of localities where airports are located to issue land use right certificates for airports in accordance with the law and report the results to the PM this quarter.

The Ministry of Transport has not issued specific regulations on non-aviation service provision despite being urged by the Government Inspectorate.

The Government Inspectorate earlier conducted an investigation into the compliance of Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) and found that ACV had violated regulations on provision of non-aviation services.

In addition, ACV assigned its subordinate agencies to collect fees on providers of non-aviation services without detailed instructions.

In reality, seven among 22 airports nationwide have collected the fee without the supervision of the Ministry of Transport, generating total revenue of VND103 billion in 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, the fee collection at 14 others has caused losses for enterprises and the State budget.

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