An "intelligent" traffic management system (ITS) will be piloted on Thang Long Avenue in Hanoi , according to the capital city’s Department of Transport.

The system is intended to speed-up the flow of traffic, and vehicle drivers will be asked to pay fees to travel along the special road.

The department said Thang Long Avenue was chosen for the pilot application as it was a modern highway and a key traffic route that connected the capital with many key routes in western Vietnam.

Nearly 130 billion VND (6.25 million USD) has been poured into the new system. Funding involved both public-private partnership (PPP) and build-operate-transfer (BOT).

The department said the new system would start by 2015 and fee collections from drivers would begin by 2016.

The Hanoi Centre for Highway Management will be in charge of the system. It will apply advanced technologies in data collection, automatic sorting of vehicles, closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera system, electronic notice board system and overloaded vehicle management.

Several highways under construction in Hanoi, such as the roads from Hanoi to Hai Phong and from Nhat Tan to Noi Bai, will also apply the new system.

The Hanoi People's Committee has asked authorities to assess the efficiency of the pilot application to consider extending the project.-VNA