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Govt orders installment of nonstop ETC systems on expys in early 2022

By Van Phong

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HCMC – The Government has assigned the Ministry of Transport to ask the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) to install nonstop electronic toll collection (ETC) systems at expressway projects managed by VEC in the first quarter of next year.

VEC is currently managing and operating five expressways. Only the nonstop ETC system on the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway has been put into operation, while the service on the Noi Bai-Lao Cai, Danang-Quang Ngai, Ben Luc-Long Thanh and HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay has yet to be launched.

The Ministry of Transport and the relevant ministries and agencies must also address shortcomings in the operation of current nonstop toll collection systems.

In addition, the Ministry of Transport and localities were asked to direct investors of BOT projects and toll collection service providers to quickly install nonstop ETC systems and ensure that at each tollgate, there is a mixed lane for both ETC and manual toll collection.

Moreover, localities should propagandize and encourage owners of vehicles to use the ETC service.

Toll collection service providers must ceaselessly improve and diversify payment services for road users and ensure that at least 90% of vehicles subject to the toll payment use the nonstop ETC service by June next year.

The Ministry of Transport was also required to pick some more expressways to pilot the nonstop ETC service. The relevant agencies must propagandize the service on mass media at least three months prior to the application.

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