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HCMC to collect sidewalk-use fees from September

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Part of the roadsides and sidewalks in HCMC will be leased for various purposes, such as car parking, business and hosting cultural activities, starting this September.

The new decision on the management and usage of these areas in the city was signed by the city’s Vice Chairman, Bui Xuan Cuong, on July 26, replacing the previous Decision 74 that had been in force for the past 15 years.

The leasing arrangements must ensure social order and security, avoid causing obstacles at intersections and in front of entrances, and maintain a distance of five meters from the gates of organizational headquarters.

While the new decision does not specify the rates for pavement usage, the Department of Transport will collaborate with relevant agencies to propose rates to the municipal People’s Committee for approval by the city People’s Council. The fee collection will be carried out in accordance with the Law on Fees and Charges.

The issuance of this new decision aims to reorganize sidewalks and roadsides to meet the essential needs of residents, as spontaneous trading on these areas has become common, negatively impacting traffic conditions and urban aesthetics in the city.

In a prior trial, the city’s District 3 had already started collecting fees for pavement usage on streets like Nguyen Thuong Hien, Ly Thai To, Le Quy Don, Truong Dinh, and Ly Chinh Thang.

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