Petrolimex and VNR boost comprehensive cooperation

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong has set up a special task force to uncover individual responsibility on the part of Viet Nam Railway Corporation executives in recommending and buying 160 old Chinese train carriages. Once the investigation is wrapped up, the ministry said, it would punish the guilty. The general director of Ha Noi Railway, Nguyen Viet Hiep, has been moved out to another job, but no one else has faced any action yet. Sai Gon giai Phong (Liberated SaiGon ) Coast Guard seize ship with illegal coal dust The Coast Guard seized a ship carrying 800 tonnes of coal dust illegally between Hai Phong and Quang Ninh on February 19. Vessel VP-1434 had a three-member crew from the northern province of Hai Duong, who could not produce the licence required to transport the coal dust. Thanh Nien (Young People) Speed on expressway changed to 120km/h The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation announced that from February 20 vehicles can travel at a speed of up to 120km/h on the Cau Gie - Ninh Binh Expressway. The 50km expressway opened to traffic in June 2012, and 25 million vehicles have safely used it so far. Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) Thanh Hoa gives needy total of VND29 billion The central province of Thanh Hoa has allocated more funds to support poor people living in very difficult areas. Under the decision, 125,588 poor people in remote, mountainous, and border areas and islands will each get VND80,000 ($3.5) per year, while 181,217 others…... [read more]

Additionally, the government asked the Ministry to work with the National Traffic Safety Committee to issue the document “ Traffic Culture” to junior high school students in the third quarter of this year for implementation in the academic year of 2017-2018. Moreover, the Ministry should urge departments of education and training to adopt measures and increase information of traffic safety. Awareness of obedience to road rules and traffic culture should be added in curriculum in preschools and primary school to educate kids. The Deputy PM requested to spread information of orders and raise drivers’ awareness while travelling in streets. Passenger bus drivers, teenagers in countryside are taught road regulations first because they are likely to cause accidents. Local administration should increase people’s awareness of traffic safety through loudspeaker. People’s committees in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and big cities must work out the plan to restore urban traffic orders including managing sidewalk for parking, business. The Department of Transport was assigned to design software to supervise traffic and provide images of violators so that traffic cops can impose fines on them. When it comes to limiting personal vehicle, Mr. Binh ordered to improve public transportation as well as build suitable roadmap for each locality’s socio-economic condition and protect vehicle’s owner especially poor people and near-poor people. In addition, traffic police must enhance handling in “hot spots” for accidents. The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security were urged to set up station to check vehicle’s loading capacity…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam’s taxi operations and booking habits changed forever in 2014, when two big rivals from aboard - Uber and Grab - officially joined the taxi market to compete with giants like Vinasun and Mai Linh. Illustrative image -- File photo In a diversified and profitable taxi market like Viet Nam, where a bagful of tricks is thoroughly exploited to rack up impressive gross receipts at the end of the month and win customers, Uber and Grab have proven intimidating runners in the race. The two have used slick promotion and state-of-the-art crowd pleasers in a bid to attract passengers and outnumber the traditional taxi fleet. These include the introduction of carpooling service, which enable the sharing of car rides. Sharing rides reduces travel costs on petrol, tolls, and the stress of driving. Carpooling is also a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel, curbing air pollution, easing traffic congestion and parking space demand. Carpooling ban However, last week the People’s Committee of Ha Noi asked the authority of Transportation to ban carpooling services by contracted Grab and Uber taxis, after the Ministry of Transport had already issued a similar request to the ride hailing platforms. The ministry said the request was designed to ensure the rights of passengers and prevent risks that might arise when using carpooling services. It also cited a 2014 circular limiting transport service providers to one contract with one passenger for one route, and providing for a fine of VND4 million…... [read more]

The regulations related to aviation transport business licensing shall not be loosened for investors wishing to join the field. The government takes a cautious approach to aviation business licensing The government’s cautious approach to aviation business licensing was clearly evidenced by the recently-enacted Document No.309/TB-VPCP of the Government Office. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung noted in the document that as aviation is a conditional business which requires enormous capital investments and is also a field with direct impact on national security, external activities, and transport safety, bolstering investment efficiency and ensuring healthy and sustainable business performance, the licensing process must be prudent. “This is to ensure utmost safety and aviation security in all contingencies,” Dung stressed. At a recent meeting on the issue, two investors—Skyviet Aviation JSC and Tan Cang JSC—submitted applications to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) seeking licences for aviation transport services provision. In the case of Tan Cang JSC, which applied for a licence on general aviation services, Dung assigned MoT to take into account feedback from relevant agencies and guide the investor in completing the necessary procedures for submission to the prime minister’s consideration. In January 2017, MoT submitted the company’s proposal to the prime minister for consideration. With the chartered capital of VND100 billion ($4.5 million), Tan Cang JSC plans to use two aircrafts for general aviation services, such as air taxi and geological survey…... [read more]

Losing one's passport while in a foreign country is a nightmare so officials in one province have won support from Vietnam’s aviation watchdog over a proposal to assist those who find themselves in such a situation. The administration of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, a popular destination for international tourists thanks to its beachside city of Nha Trang, has suggested allowing foreigners to fly domestically even if they have lost their passports in Vietnam. All they have to do is apply for a confirmation letter from local police and use that document to complete check-in procedures, according to a proposal sent to the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. At present, visitors who lose their passports must physically go to the consular agency of their countries, normally in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang. In some cases, tourists will have to travel by air to reach these cities, while current regulations stipulate that they must have the original copies of their passports to check-in. The Khanh Hoa administration said its proposal would save tourists this inconvenience. The CAAV has shown its support for the proposal in a document sent to its superior body, the transport ministry, which will give the final conclusion. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Hanoi, July 25 (VNA) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is going ahead with its plan to increase environmental protection tax on petroleum from the current 1,000-4,000 VND to 3,000-8,000 VND per litre, despite objections from other ministries and the public.  In its second draft of the Law on Environmental Protection Taxes announced last week, the ministry proposed a tax hike on fuel consumption of 3,000-6,000 VND per litre for aviation fuel, 1,500-4,000 VND per litre for diesel, 300-2,000 VND per litre for kerosene, and 900-4,000 VND per kg for mazut.  If the new tax rate is applied, the price of gasoline at the pumps will rise to around 22,000 VND (roughly 1 USD) per litre from the average price at the pump of around 16,000-17,000 VND for petrol and 10,000-11,000 VND for diesel and mazut, respectively, analysts said.  The Ministry of Transport (MoT) told the Ministry of Finance (MoF) that Vietnam would apply two petroleum quality standards based on the Euro 2 and Euro 4 emission standards, suggesting that the MoF set a lower environmental protection tax for Euro 4, which cleans emissions from diesel cars, to encourage the production of more eco-friendly petroleum.  The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) said the calculation of environmental protection tax on fuel should encourage E5 bio-fuel consumption.  The Vietnam Petroleum Association (VINPA) has supported the MoF’s tax proposal, though it has pointed out that the maximum tax of 8,000 VND per litre is too high.  The VINPA has suggested…... [read more]

Customers purchase petrol at a station in Hanoi (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is going ahead with its plan to increase environmental protection tax on petroleum from the current 1,000-4,000 VND to 3,000-8,000 VND per litre, despite objections from other ministries and the public. In its second draft of the Law on Environmental Protection Taxes announced last week, the ministry proposed a tax hike on fuel consumption of 3,000-6,000 VND per litre for aviation fuel, 1,500-4,000 VND per litre for diesel, 300-2,000 VND per litre for kerosene, and 900-4,000 VND per kg for mazut. If the new tax rate is applied, the price of gasoline at the pumps will rise to around 22,000 VND (roughly 1 USD) per litre from the average price at the pump of around 16,000-17,000 VND for petrol and 10,000-11,000 VND for diesel and mazut, respectively, analysts said. The Ministry of Transport (MoT) told the Ministry of Finance (MoF) that Vietnam would apply two petroleum quality standards based on the Euro 2 and Euro 4 emission standards, suggesting that the MoF set a lower environmental protection tax for Euro 4, which cleans emissions from diesel cars, to encourage the production of more eco-friendly petroleum. The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) said the calculation of environmental protection tax on fuel should encourage E5 bio-fuel consumption. The Vietnam Petroleum Association (VINPA) has supported the MoF’s tax proposal, though it has pointed out that the maximum tax of 8,000 VND…... [read more]

Vietnam’s road authorities recently announced that cracks found in the arch of the Hai Van Tunnel do not pose a threat to vehicles. The fractures appeared due to the expansion of the tunnel’s concrete walls. The 6.2 kilometer tunnel ranks as the largest in the region and opened to traffic in June 2005 linking Da Nang City to Thua Thien Hue Province, according to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam. The Hai Van Tunnel’s management board hired the Alpin Technik consultancy to inspect it in late 2015, the board’s director Do Van Nam told VnExpress. The German consultancy found that just 2.5 percent of the cracks in the tunnel ceiling posed a threat to vehicles traveling through the tunnel, said Nam, who also directs the tunnel’s main investor, the Deo Ca Investment Joint Stock Company. Deo Ca made repairs to the dangerous cracks and the ministry of transport appraised the company’s work, he said. The same ministry gave Deo Ca permission to blast every day since March during construction of the Hai Van 2 Tunnel. “We assure you the explosions have nothing to do with the cracks in the first tunnel,” he said. The Hai Van Tunnel is 11.9 meters wide. The pathway that will become the Hai Van 2 is currently used for maintenance and emergencies; an increase in traffic inspired the plan to expand the it to 9.7 meters by 2020.... [read more]

The Ministry of Transport has sought opinions from ministries, localities and transportation associations on its recently imposed ban on app-based taxi ride-sharing service. GrabShare service launched in Vietnam in May this year. The ministry recently sent a document to the ministries of police, justice, finance, industry and trade, information and communications; authorities of Hanoi, HCM City, Danang, Quang Ninh and Khanh Hoa and the Vietnam auto transport association and Hanoi and HCM City taxi associations.  In the document, the Ministry of Transport admitted that earlier the ministry requested Grab to stop its ride-sharing service called GrabShare. However, now, the ministry needed to gather the opinion after receiving Grab’s reports on advantages of the GrabShare. Grab has asked for the ministry’s permission for the firm to continue the service. The Ministry of Transport noted that the ministry wants to get the opinion about Grab’s proposal and also needs recommendations about fines for the violation in this service. Both Grab and Uber launched GrabShare and UberPool respectively in May this year. The services allow drivers to add additional passengers to their journey in addition to the person who makes the original booking. The service can help save customers around 30% compared to the original booking. But traditional taxi companies strongly oppose the service, saying that it is illegal and unfair competition. In June this year, the Ministry of Transport requested the ban on the ride-sharing service, explaining that under the ministry’s Circular 63, transport firms are only permitted to sign one contract…... [read more]

Vietnam’s road authorities recently announced that cracks found in the arch of the Hai Van Tunnel do not pose a threat to vehicles. The fractures appeared due to the expansion of the tunnel’s concrete walls. Road authorities inspect cracks in the Hai Van Tunnel. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Hoa The 6.2 kilometer tunnel ranks as the largest in the region and opened to traffic in June 2005 linking Da Nang City to Thua Thien Hue Province, according to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam. The Hai Van Tunnel’s management board hired the Alpin Technik consultancy to inspect it in late 2015, the board’s director Do Van Nam told VnExpress. The German consultancy found that just 2.5 percent of the cracks in the tunnel ceiling posed a threat to vehicles traveling through the tunnel, said Nam, who also directs the tunnel’s main investor, the Deo Ca Investment Joint Stock Company. Deo Ca made repairs to the dangerous cracks and the ministry of transport appraised the company’s work, he said. Work begins on the Hai Van 2 Tunnel. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Hoa The same ministry gave Deo Ca permission to blast every day since March during construction of the Hai Van 2 Tunnel. “We assure you the explosions have nothing to do with the cracks in the first tunnel,” he said. The Hai Van Tunnel is 11.9 meters wide. The pathway that will become the Hai Van 2 is currently used for maintenance and emergencies; an increase in traffic inspired the plan…... [read more]




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