Car drivers decry new parking fees in Hanoi

The Hanoi administration has applied new parking fees to bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles in an effort to cap the use of personal vehicles from January 1, but many car drivers have complained that the new hour-based pricing is unreasonably inflated. The new fees are applicable to licensed parking lots across the capital, with the charges for cars now calculated using a progressive pricing method, meaning the hourly rate rises as much as the parking time surges. For instance, in Dong Da District, cars with nine seats and below, or trucks with a loading capacity of under two metric tons, are charged VND25,000 per hour for the first two hours, VND35,000 per hour for the third and fourth hours and VND45,000 per hour from the fifth hour onward. (VND22,500 = US$1) A row of cars is seen parked along a street in Hanoi on January 2, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre All of the licensed parking lots in Hanoi have publicly announced the new fees at their venues, but not all drivers are happy with the charges. “With the new fees, I have to pay at least VND300,000 [$13.22] for parking every day, which is way too much,” Tran Trung Hieu, who works nine-to-fine at an office in Dong Da, lamented to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. After doing the math, Dao Quang Huy, a Hoan Kiem District resident, said he will have to set aside VND345,000 ($15.2) for parking on a daily basis. A sign displaying new fees is seen at a…

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