Inspired by Singapore, Hanoi considers congestion charge for motorists

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The Hanoi Department of Transport is considering collecting tolls for private vehicles traveling into the inner-city areas which often face traffic jams. Vu Van Vien, the department’s director, said that this may be among measures to restrict the operation of private vehicles in Hanoi’s city center.

He noted that the city will consult with local authorities on working out a specific plan for this, including areas and times for the congestion charging. They are following the Singapore model where motorists are charged a fee for entering the city during rush hours.

City officials called the proposed vehicle fee a “behavioural economics initiative” designed to restrict traffic in certain areas.

Where exactly drivers will have to pay the fees is still undetermined, but the transport department said the first priority is to apply the fee inside Belt Road No 3 which is comprised of several continuous roads that split the urban and suburban districts in southwest Hanoi.

The transport department hinted the fee could eventually be expanded to other zones. It will conduct surveys to determine which streets and areas would benefit most from a reduction in traffic.

The department said it is designing an automatic fee collection system to “avoid disturbing drivers”. As a result, each vehicle owner will need to have a bank account with a special tool equipped to allow a toll booth to automatically collect the fee.

But the department suggests limiting fee collection to the busiest hours to avoid restricting movement too much. This model follows Singapore where drivers on the road before six in the morning or after seven in the evening pay a minimal fee, if they are charged at all.

Being Vietnam’s capital and the center of life in the north, Hanoi attracts millions of migrants with many thousands of new arrivals each year. They come to the city seeking a better life. With them, come cars and motorbikes.

Estimates say Hanoi will have over six million motorbikes and 800,000 cars clogging its roads by 2020. Those numbers are expected to climb further and could hit 7.5 million motorbikes and 1.9 million cars by 2030 if nothing is done against it.

A subway system for Hanoi is currently under construction, with the first line scheduled to open in 2020.

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The Hanoi Department of Transport is considering collecting tolls for private vehicles traveling into the inner-city areas which often face traffic jams. Vu Van Vien, the department’s director, said that this may be among measures to restrict the operation of private vehicles in Hanoi’s city center.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Hanoi Department of Transport is considering collecting tolls for private vehicles traveling into the inner-city areas which often face traffic jams. Vu Van Vien, the department’s director, said that this may be among measures to restrict the operation of private vehicles in Hanoi’s city center.

He noted that the city will consult with local authorities on working out a specific plan for this, including areas and times for the congestion charging. They are following the Singapore model where motorists are charged a fee for entering the city during rush hours.

City officials called the proposed vehicle fee a “behavioural economics initiative” designed to restrict traffic in certain areas.

Where exactly drivers will have to pay the fees is still undetermined, but the transport department said the first priority is to apply the fee inside Belt Road No 3 which is comprised of several continuous roads that split the urban and suburban districts in southwest Hanoi.

The transport department hinted the fee could eventually be expanded to other zones. It will conduct surveys to determine which streets and areas would benefit most from a reduction in traffic.

The department said it is designing an automatic fee collection system to “avoid disturbing drivers”. As a result, each vehicle owner will need to have a bank account with a special tool equipped to allow a toll booth to automatically collect the fee.

But the department suggests limiting fee collection to the busiest hours to avoid restricting movement too much. This model follows Singapore where drivers on the road before six in the morning or after seven in the evening pay a minimal fee, if they are charged at all.

Being Vietnam’s capital and the center of life in the north, Hanoi attracts millions of migrants with many thousands of new arrivals each year. They come to the city seeking a better life. With them, come cars and motorbikes.

Estimates say Hanoi will have over six million motorbikes and 800,000 cars clogging its roads by 2020. Those numbers are expected to climb further and could hit 7.5 million motorbikes and 1.9 million cars by 2030 if nothing is done against it.

A subway system for Hanoi is currently under construction, with the first line scheduled to open in 2020.

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