BOT stations to automatically collect toll by 2019

All Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) toll stations across the country have to install a system for automatic collection of fees by 2019 to ensure transparency.

A driver at a BOT toll station. (Photo: VNA)

A driver at a BOT toll station. (Photo: VNA)

This was stated by Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The at a recent meeting in Hanoi, Giao thong (Transport) online newspaper reported.

The said transparency was very important. If people felt information related to BOT projects was clear, they would stop questioning the model and showing disagreement.

Thus, transparency would be improved by publicising all information related to BOT projects in the future, including the total fees that a BOT toll station collected each day, he said.

The also said the National Assembly Standing Committee had already adopted a resolution that only allowed application of the BOT model on new roads, instead of both old and new roads like before.

This meant residents would have two options, and could decide whether or not they wanted to travel on the BOT road, he said.

New BOT projects would follow the resolution. Relevant agencies were told to re-check ongoing BOT projects, implement solutions for each project and send reports to the Government, he said.

It is estimated that the country currently has 88 BOT toll stations.

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