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Striving for more than 80% of vehicles with non-stop toll cards

The Ministry of Transport has just reported to the Economic Committee of the National Assembly on the pilot application of only non-stop electronic toll collection (ETC) on the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway.

The ministry believes that the pilot will be successful, contributing to increasing the rate of vehicles with tags and service participation, striving to complete the goal of over 80% of the number of vehicles affixed with tags and participating in the service in 2022.

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An ETC toll lane on the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway. (Photo: Investment Newspaper)

The Ministry of Transport said that the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 19/2020/QD-TTg stipulates: Competent state agencies, based on specific conditions at each toll station, consider and decide to implement currently collect all fees in the form of ETC.

In order to encourage vehicles to stick tags and increase investment efficiency in the system, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh assigned the Ministry of Transport to select a number of expressways in each region for pilot implementation. ETC fee collection method.

Competent state agency for the project non-stop toll collection and BOT projects are the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry of Transport decided to choose the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway for piloting in accordance with the law.

Learning from the experiences of other countries, the Ministry of Transport has developed a roadmap to deploy the ETC toll collection system in 3 phases.

State 1, Toll booths still exist with barriers.

Barrier will open for vehicles to pass through in case when the vehicle has valid service card information, there is enough balance in the toll collection account (one-stop toll collection method still exists). When the vehicle has not been tagged with a service tag, or has a service tag but there is not enough balance in the account, the system switches to one-stop toll collection (MTC) mode.

Phase 2, At toll stations, there are no barriers, only lane separations are maintained. Vehicles circulate freely in lanes through toll booths (no MTC toll collection).

Stage 3, At the toll station area, only longmen prices and toll collection devices are maintained on longmen racks. Multi-lane free-flowing vehicles pass through the tollgate area.

In fact, Vietnam’s non-stop electronic toll collection system is in phase 1. The piloting of non-stop toll collection is a preparation step for changing the route of operation of the non-stop toll collection system from phase 1. to phase 2, towards building and perfecting a synchronous and modern system nationwide.

“The selection of the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway for pilot implementation has been carefully researched, minimizing the impact on the financial plans of BOT projects, the vehicle owners’ travel rights when the expressway is available. National Highway 5 runs in parallel. Regarding the pilot implementation progress, it is expected to start in June 2022”, the Ministry of Transport said.

Up to this point, the plan for traffic organization and handling of incident situations has been agreed. In order to successfully implement and limit inadequate situations, the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has coordinated with investors and the Traffic Police Department to propagate to vehicle owners in the area the highway passes through, promptly provide provide information, answer questions of vehicle owners.

Regarding the handling plan for vehicles that have not been affixed with tags or are ineligible to enter the highway by mistake, according to the Ministry of Transport, the system of signs and remote indications has been completed. At the same time, adding an account balance warning feature for vehicles before entering the highway, limiting ineligible vehicles to mistakenly enter the highway.

Vehicles that are not eligible to mistakenly enter the expressway will have a U-turn assistant or stick a card right at the toll booths.

Currently, the percentage of vehicles with tags in the provinces and cities that the highway passes through is on average 65%, an increase of more than 20% compared to the time when there was no pilot policy on the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway.

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