​Airport operators defy government inspectorate conclusion to collect road fee

Road tolls are still being collected at Vietnamese airports although the Government Inspectorate has previously concluded that the fee is against the law. In an announcement made three months ago, the Government Inspectorate stated that road tolls at airports across the country are not legal. However, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters noticed that the fee is still being collected at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. All automobiles entering the airdrome are required to pay from VND10,000 (US$0.44) to VND40,000 ($1.76) regardless of how long they stay inside the venue. Nguyen Quang Linh, an Uber car driver, recounted his trip with a foreign passenger who booked a ride from the airport to downtown areas. Linh had to pay the VND10,000 toll despite only entering the facility for a few minutes to pick up his customer. Many passengers refused to pay the additional charge, the driver stated, adding that it is difficult to explain it to them. Four-wheeled vehicles are also subjected to extra charges if they stay inside the airport for extended periods of time. According to T.M.T., director of a company providing transport services from Tan Son Nhat to the southern beach city of Vung Tau, the firm has to pay some VND13 million ($572.4) per month in terms of road tolls at the aerodrome. About 10 of the company’s 16-seater tourist buses enter the facility on a daily basis, T. elaborated. Each of the vehicles is required to pay VND40,000 upon entrance and an… [Read full story]

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