Those vehicle owners who fail to pay the new road-use fee before June 30 will be fined VND3-6 million (US$143-286), an official with the Transport Ministry told Tien Phong newspaper on Friday. Nguyen Xuan Cuong, deputy chief of the ministry’s road department, made the statement after local media reported that the collection of the new road fee which started on January 1 has been confusing agencies in charge of enforcement and causing vehicle owners trouble as well. In fact, Thanh Nien reporters have found that authorities in many provinces and cities have yet to collect the fee from bike owners, although it has been regulated that motorbike owners must pay the fee, VND50,000-150,000, at their local people’s committee office every year. The reason was that authorities did not have enough time to prepare a detailed plan to collect the fee, and have it passed by local people’s council the lawmaking body – as regulated before January 1. The fee was not approved until late November last year. For example, in Ho Chi Minh City, chairmen of people’s committee offices at local wards and communes said they are still waiting for orders from the municipal authorities before collecting the fee. Speaking…
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