Vietnam to apply electronic toll collection at five airports in May

By VNA   March 27, 2024 | 03:00 am PT
Vietnam to apply electronic toll collection at five airports in May
A tailback of cars on a lane at Tan Son Nhat airport's parking lot, HCMC, Sept. 19, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
The electronic toll collection (ETC) system will be implemented at five airports Noi Bai, Cat Bi, Phu Bai, Da Nang and Tan Son Nhat from May 5, according to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV).

The system was piloted initially at the two largest airports in the country - Noi Bai International Air Port in Hanoi and and Tan Son Nhat International Air Port in Ho Chi Minh City - and then at three additional airports, namely Cat Bi in northern Hai Phong city, Phu Bai in central Thua Thien-Hue province and central Da Nang city.

The ACV said that it will install the ETC system at T3 terminal of the Tan Son Nhat airport and expanded T2 terminal of the Noi Bai airport, which are under construction, thus preventing traffic congestion.

Cars that already have ETC tags to use on highways and expressways can travel through the airports’ toll lane without requiring any additional tags or procedures.

During the pilot period from Feb. 6 to March 19, as many as 203,606 vehicles passed through the ETC lane at Noi Bai and 132,926 through the lane at Tan Son Nhat.

The ACV said that the system has operated stably, ensuring smooth movement of vehicles even during the peak traveling season during the Lunar New Year Festival.

The rate of vehicles successfully paying with ETC cards through the non-stop toll test lanes was about 90%. The number of vehicles passing through the non-stop toll lanes was 1.8 times higher than the number of vehicles passing through the traditional toll lane, significantly reducing congestion at the exit.

Currently, Vietnam has nearly 5 million cars, 96% of which have had ETC tags and accounts.

After applying the ETC system at the airports, the Ministry of Transport plans to install the system for seaport, parking, insurance, and vehicle technical checking services.

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