Cars pass an automatic toll booth on National Road 1 in Quang Binh province (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The issuance of electronic tag cards to vehicles for automatic toll collection on highways is under way as the Ministry of Transport sets up electronic toll collection systems (ETCs).

Vehicle registration centres have been instructed to learn how the ETCs work and attach the cards on vehicles registering for automatic toll payment.

Drivers get an e-tag card for free to start with.

The card is placed on the vehicle’s windshield and, when passing a toll station, transmits a signal to the ETC installed there to read the tag and activate cameras to photograph the vehicle’s licence plate.

The money is automatically deducted from the driver’s account associated with the tag.

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said the ministry aims to replace 50 percent of manual toll stations with ETCs by June 1 this year.-VNA