HCMC – The number of vehicles using electronic toll collection (ETC) service has surged since early August, so HCMC plans to phase out toll collection by cash.
The HCMC Department of Transport said during the first week of ETC being made mandatory throughout the country, 849,631 vehicles passed through three toll stations in HCMC, namely An Suong-An Lac, the Hanoi Highway and the Phu My Bridge. Over 75% of them used the ETC lanes.
The ETC toll collection rate has grown sharply, reaching 73.6% at the An Suong-An Lac station, 85.7% at the Hanoi Highway station, and 73.6% at the Phu My Bridge station.
According to the Department of Transport, the Hanoi Highway and Phu My Bridge toll stations have been operating smoothly since the first day of ETC toll collection.
Meanwhile, the An Suong-An Lac toll station has faced traffic gridlocks. There was a three-kilometer queue on the first two days. The investor has set up more mixed toll lanes to ease congestion.
However, around 1,600 vehicles at the An Suong-An Lac toll station have had technical problems with ETC tags, such as false registration plates, locked cards, two ETC tags attached to a single vehicle, unactivated ETC tags, and low balance or unsynchronized accounts.