Many road fee collection stations along national highways in Vietnam have been placed in the wrong position, allowing them to collect fees for both assigned roads and other free roads.
The misplacing has caused protests from drivers, who argue that they do not use BOT (build-operate-transfer) roads that require paying a fee, but have to pay for the tax anyway.
However, relevant agencies have failed to tackle the issue thoroughly.
In Hanoi, the Thang Long – Noi Bai Highway was only put in use in December 2010, but the road fee stations started working in September 2009.
In addition, one of the road fee stations is placed at the entrance to Hanoi, meaning drivers using other roads to enter the city have to pay the tax for the road they do not use.
The public has also protested the road toll stations on the Hanoi – Hai Phong Highway for similar reasons.
The Tao Xuyen road fee station on National Highway 1 in Hoang Hoa District of the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has been ordered to be moved to the right location 32 km away by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, but locals are not yet satisfied with the new site.
Local residents said the new position of the station is still on National Highway 1, whereas it is meant to collect tolls for the byway to avoid the city of Thanh Hoa.
Similarly, the Quan Hau road fee station on National Highway 1 in the central province of Quang Binh was built to collect fees from vehicles using the bypass to avoid Dong Hoi. But for the last five years, the station has collected tolls for both roads.
Le Quoc Cuong, vice director of the transport department of Quang Binh, said he knows of the issue and has reported it to higher authorities.
The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport will coordinate to conduct a comprehensive survey on road fee collection stations on all BOT roads to solve the issues, according to the finance ministry.