The Ministry of Transport has just sent a written response to the Vietnam Automobile Transport Association and the Three Regions Taxi Association proposing policies to support transport business activities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regarding the proposal to increase the inspection period of transport business vehicles for the first cycle to 24 months and the next cycle to 12 months, the Ministry of Transport said that currently the Ministry is directing agencies and units to participate in the inspection process. To complete the draft Circular amending Circular No. 70/2015 regulating the inspection of technical safety and environmental protection of road motor vehicles. The inspection cycle of passenger cars of all kinds up to 9 seats with transportation business will be adjusted from 18 months to 24 months for the first cycle and from 6 to 12 months for the periodic cycle.

Responding to the proposal to exempt road maintenance fees until the end of this year, the Ministry of Transport said that in order to remove difficulties for those affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, Circular 112/2020 stipulates the rate of collection of a number of charges. Fees and charges to support and remove difficulties for production and business, ensure social security in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, of the Ministry of Finance, allow the reduction of road use toll rates from January 1. until the end of June 30, 2021.

“The consideration and proposal of the competent authority to extend the implementation period of Circular No. 112/2020 or permit the exemption of road use fee payment is within the competence of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Transport is coordinating with the Ministry of Finance. to comment on the content of amending Circular 112/2020 and related circulars to assist in removing difficulties for production and business in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, chaired by the Ministry of Finance”, the Ministry of Transport said. .

For the proposal to have appropriate policies and mechanisms for BOT investors to reduce road use fees according to Circular No. 112/2020 of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport said, Circular No. 112/2020 of the Ministry of Finance The main regulations on road use fees (tolls collected per vehicle) for transport business cars of transport enterprises, transport business cooperatives, and transport business households. The collection of road service fees is not subject to the provisions of Circular No. 112/2020, so investors are not required to follow the guidance of this Circular.

In the process of implementing the collection of road user service fees, a number of investment projects in the form of public-private partnerships managed by the Ministry of Transport have reduced road user service fees in accordance with Resolution No. No. 35 on business support and development up to 2020; reduction of road use fees for the vicinity of toll stations and some BOT projects have not been considered to increase road use prices, although it has been time to increase prices in the last 3 years.

“BOT investors are also businesses and are also affected by the Covid-19 epidemic due to the reduction of vehicle traffic through the station, which reduces revenue, affecting the financial balance of enterprises; increase interest costs and operating costs of enterprises,” said the Ministry of Transport.

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