PM orders faster introduction of automated toll collections on BOT highways hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc orders faster introduction of automated toll collections on BOT highways (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 25 called for the faster installation of automated non-stop toll booths on build-operate-transfer (BOT) highways, with a deadline of December 31.

The direction was made when Phuc chaired a meeting of permanent government members to discuss ways to remove bottlenecks in BOT highway projects, including matters relating to non-stop toll collections.

He said the automated non-stop toll booths will ensure that toll collections are transparent and well-managed, while urging the Ministry of Transport to hasten the installation of these booths nationwide.

He thanked several investors for demonstrating their determination to fulfil the project by working “day and night” to keep up with the schedule.

BOT highway operators must coordinate with automated toll collection service providers to facilitate the faster installation, he continued. For highways that don’t meet the December 31 deadline, the Ministry of Transport has the right to suspend toll collections, in line with regulations.

The PM also tasked the ministry with accelerating communications campaigns to raise awareness about automated toll booths among the public, especially car owners.

He noted that the ministry must cooperate with the Ministry of Public Security and local authorities to ensure security and order and strictly handle those violating security at toll booths.

The number of cars in Vietnam is estimated to be in excess of 3.8 million and is rising by half a million each year./.