HCMC council members to decide road maintenance fee on motorbikes

Most HCMC residents propose to abolish road maintenance fee on motorbikes (Photo: SGGP)

The 18th meeting of the 8th session of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council was opened this morning and scheduled to end on July 31 with the most interesting matter being road maintenance fee on motorbikes, which many council members and residents have proposed to abolish. The council’s chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam told Sai Gon Giai Phong at the opening session that many issues related to the fee collection would be discussed at the session. If voters and council members found the fee collection too difficult, the People’s Council would ask the city People’s Committee to send the Government a report in writing on this issue. Most residents and the chairwoman had disagreed with fee collection because it was inconvincible, unreasonable, unfair, ineffective and unfeasible. Related article:Voters support proposal to abolish motorbike road maintenance fee … [Read more...]

City leaders visit policy-priority families

Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam visits Vietnamese Heroic Mother Le Thi Ngan .(Photo: SGGP)

A city delegation and leaders yesterday visited and presented gifts to the families of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, war martyrs, wounded soldiers marking the 68th anniversary of Vietnam's War Invalids and Martyrs Day on July 27. A delegation led by Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee and Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Le Thi Ngan in district 11, Ho Chi Minh City whose one daughter and son sacrificed their lives in defending the nation. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam expressed deeply her gratitude for the mother’s great losses and contributions for the country. On the same days, Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong led city delegation to visit war invalids families and offered 62 gifts worth VND 50 millions to Long Dat Nursing Center for Wounded Soldiers and National Devotees. Deputy Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of HCMC … [Read more...]

Voters support proposal to abolish motorbike road maintenance fee

Motorcyclists have already paid many kinds of fee (Photo: SGGP)

Many voters in Ho Chi Minh City have been of the opinion that the city People’s Council should organize a referendum for the proposal to abolish road maintenance fee on motorbikes in its 18th session scheduled from July 28-31. The decision of HCMC People’s Committee on the toll collection has been effective since May 1. Authorized agencies have provided training courses to implement the decision in 24 districts. However, Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters have recorded that no district has started collecting the road maintenance fee. Chairman of District 1 People’s Committee Pham Thanh Kien said that the district was waiting for further guidance from the city authorities and final decision from the month-end expected 18th session. Members of the People’s Council and voters have opposed to the road maintenance fee payment, saying it unfeasible and costly. In a recent meeting with a group of council members in Binh Thanh district, voters suggested eradicating the … [Read more...]

Lifting the burden

Phuong Thao In Vietnam motorbikes are not just a major means of transport but a fortune for a lot of poor families. Under the current regulations, each motorcycle shoulders a slew of taxes and fees already, so the road maintenance fee has made the already heavy financial burden even heavier as it is collected no matter whether bikes are in circulation or not. A Ministry of Finance rule requires all motorbike owners to pay up to VND100,000 (previously VND50,000-100,000) for motorbikes of 100cc or lower and VND150,000 (previously VND100,000-150,000) for motorbikes of more than 100cc. This means those rarely using roads suffer. When the Transport Ministry announced its plan to collect the fee in 2012, it stoked widespread criticism with naysayers pointing out that road users in Vietnam had already been burdened by a labyrinth of taxes and fees. Facing opposition from motorbike owners, a number of provinces showed hesitance. Debate on whether or not to do away with the road … [Read more...]

Vietnam ministry to propose that government halt road fee collection

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport on Thursday said it will urge the government to stop the collection of annual road maintenance fees from motorbike owners. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has ordered his ministry’s relevant agency to finalize a report to submit to the government a proposal to halt the collection, pending an amendment to Government Decree 18, which governs the fee charging. At a meeting held by the ministry on Tuesday, Le Hoang Minh, chief of the office of the central road maintenance fund, said that 32 local authorities had been asked for opinions on whether the fee should be maintained or not, and 30 of them answered the fee should continue to be collected. Authorities in Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provinces suggested that the fee should be abolished, Minh said. However, Minister Thang told the meeting that the collection of this fee is facing many difficulties, so his ministry and the Ministry of Finance will propose that the government scrap … [Read more...]

HCM City localities collect bike toll ahead of schedule

HCM CITY (VNS) — Some localities in HCM City have begun to collect road maintenance fees from motorbike owners before the designated start date of July 1. Based on the local situation, some places have collected the fee [early] but it was not a big issue, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Dao Thi Huong Lan, director of the city Department of Finance, as saying. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city People's Council, said that on June 22 the Council had asked the People's Committee to report about the fee collection and its disadvantages and suggested that the People's Committee should delay collection until it provided all the information. "If the collection proves difficult, we will ask the Government to stop. "However, the People's Council can only request, and collecting or not collecting is the Government's prerogative." Nguyen Thanh Chung, director of the Department of Transport and chairman of the HCM City Road Maintenance Fund, said he has not been instructed … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 28

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Let us begin your Sunday with brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today. -- Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday expressed great concerns and censure against the terrorist attacks which broke out in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday. The attacks claimed dozens of lives and injured some hundred people. Society -- Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chair of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council and a National Assembly delegate, said during her two meetings with electors on Saturday that the council may request that local competent agencies not collect road fees from motorbike riders next month. -- Leaders of the People's Supreme Court in Hanoi on Saturday told the press that they will pay the entire sum of VND7.2 billion (US$333,100) in damages to Nguyen Thanh Chan, who suffered miscarriage of justice, by the end of this year. Chan, a 54-year-old man from the northern province of Bac Giang, was released in 2013 after serving 10 years in jail on murder charges under a … [Read more...]

Debates outside parliamentary sessions should be promoted

An "open environment" should be created for lawmakers to debate important issues, Le Nhu Tien, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children, tells Tien Phong (Vanguard) A debate took place recently between Transport Minister Dinh La Thang and HCM City People's Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam on collecting road tolls from motorbikes. It happened during a break at a National Assembly meeting. Can you comment on this? I appreciated it very much. Both Thang and Tam stressed that they had the best interests of voters at heart. The issue of imposing road toll on motorbikes has sparked a heated debate these days. Open debate and discussions are measures to help us find the truth, I feel. So I hope discussions and debates among lawmakers during breaks will become a normal practice in the future. Such interaction will help both the deputies and the voters to have an objective, comprehensive look at issues that they are interested in. How would you respond … [Read more...]

Social News 24/6

Students enjoy wildlife summer camp Nearly 40 university students from HCM City, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province attended the Wildlife Summer Camp 2015 which ended yesterday (June 22) at Wildlife At Risk's (WAR) Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. The camp is an annual programme, launched by WAR in June 2013 that calls on youth to conserve and protect wildlife. It raises awareness and skills about conservation, and creates opportunities for students to contribute to wildlife conservation. The students worked with WAR staff to prepare food for rescued wildlife, including the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, loris, moon bear and Siamese crocodile. They also painted enclosures, cleared grass and grew over 100 wildlife food plants including banana and papaya. They also learned skills related to wildlife conservation jobs, such as surveying in the forest, setting up a camera trap, taking photos and creating a video clip about wildlife protection. Typhoon brings rain, saving … [Read more...]

Social News 23/6

Dong Nai farmers battle pepper seedling thieves Thieves are stealing pepper seedlings of several pepper growers in the southern Dong Nai Province, Dan Tri reported. A major reason for the situation is the record rate of increase in the prices of pepper, which is leading to high prices of the seedlings. Pepper farmers in Xuan Truong Commune of Xuan Loc District said hundreds of pepper trees had been cut down by thieves in the last few days. The provincial authority has been investigating the cases. The leader of district farmers' association said the cost of a pepper seedling was about VND20,000 to VND30,000 (US$10-15). So, pepper garden owners are on guard day and night to protect their property. Growing a pepper plant takes a few years and hundreds of work hours, a pepper grower said. Storm cools down central Vietnam while moving to southern China Tropical Storm Kujira has passed Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel)archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea and cooled down the … [Read more...]

Funds sought to provide fresh water for HCM City residents

HCM City (VNS) — City authorities aim to provide access to hygienic water for all HCM City households by the end of the year, according to a resolution passed by the city People's Council on Saturday. Around 360,000 of 1.9 million households of the city do not have access to fresh water. They are located mostly in the outskirts and must use rain water, drilled-well water, or water pumped from canals, the city's Transport Department has said. To reach the goal, the city needs total capital of VND5 trillion (US$240 million). The city has sought funds from the private sector to provide fresh water to rural areas. The Sai Gon Water Infrastructure Joint Stock Company, for example, will manage water supply and distribution in Cu Chi District. Several other investors plan to provide 300,000 cubic metres of fresh water every day. It is expected that during 2016-2019, more investors from the private sector will be sought. "Related departments like the Health Dept should educate … [Read more...]

Social News 22/6

Environment projects to get 3.6% loans The Viet Nam Environment Protection Fund has announced loans at 3.6 per cent interest for environment protection projects, according to a media report. Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Newspaper) reported that the loans would be for up to 10 years and worth 70 per cent of the project cost. The fund, managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will also give priority to projects to treat waste at industrial parks, factories and workshops, domestic waste, and exhaust emissions. Projects using environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies and equipment are also eligible for the preferential loans. The VEPF normally lends at 5.4 per cent to environment protection activities. Insiders said that the loans at 3.6 per cent interest are meant to support enterprises and investors involved in environment protection since projects of this nature always require huge investments. Thus, the loans could play a key role in the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/6

HCM City gets high-level People's Procuracy A high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City has been established under a resolution of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Assembly. The NA on May 28 passed Resolution 953, based on the 2014 People's Procuracy Organisation Law. Under the resolution, the Supreme People's Procuracy appointed Nguyen Van Quang as the director of the high-level People's Procuracy. The Procuracy exists on four levels: district, province, high-level (for three centrally governed cities – HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang) and supreme. Also appointed were four deputy directors of the high-level People's Procuracy: Vo Van Them, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen The Thanh and Le Xuan Hai. Nguyen Van Quang, director of the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City, said the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City had been established on the basis of Appeal Procuracy 3. In addition to exercising the right of prosecution and supervisor of judicial activities for … [Read more...]

HCMC to supply all households with clean water this yearend

Officials inspect water quality at Thu Duc water supply plant (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City promises providing clean water to 100 percent of households by the end this year, said the city People’s Council chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam on Saturday. Vo Van Ho from Binh Hung Hoa ward, Binh Tan district said that many households in the ward including his family were using drilled wells because there was no tap water pipe. Most of the drilled wells have been polluted and smelly for the last three years but local people have no choice besides using them for daily activities, he said. Some have to ask for tap water from their neighbors while some buy bottled water to do the cooking, he added. The issue is prevalent in suburb areas, where people have to use polluted drilled water or canal water. According to the Department of Transport, over 1.5 million out of 1.87 million households in the city are accessible to clean water. About 358,351 others have to take water from drilled wells, rains and canals in outskirt districts. Water quality has been … [Read more...]

Minister grilled over agricultural woes

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat fields queries posed by NA deputies at the legislative body’s ask-and-answer session in Hanoi Thursday - PHOTO: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Thuy Dung Deputy Nguyen Van Tuyet of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province stressed the importance of combining efforts of Government agencies, scientists, farmers and businesses to ensure sustainable development of the sector. However, this goal has not has not been realized and farmers are still grappling with many challenges in selling their products though the Prime Minister issued a relevant decision more than 10 years ago. Deputy Nguyen Thi Kim Be of Kien Giang Province shared Tuyet’s view, saying that farmers in the Mekong Delta have suffered losses from sweet potato, shrimp ad tra fish farming. She attributed these losses partly to the inefficient implementation of Decision 80/2002/QD-TTg. Minister Phat admitted the reality, saying the ministry last year deployed a program to cement cooperation among Government agencies, scientists, farmers and businesses for rice production and more than 100 enterprises pledged to help farmers with farming support and consumption of rice … [Read more...]

Vietnam ministry urged to review road fee rule for possible removal

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The Ministry of Finance’s regulation on collecting the annual road maintenance fee from motorbikes should be reviewed, and even scrapped if found unreasonable, Vietnamese legislators urged Friday. The lawmakers voiced their request at the meeting of the ongoing 9th session of the National Assembly (NA) when discussing the draft Law on Fees and Charges. "Many people told me that it is extremely unreasonable for them to pay the road maintenance fee when they ride their motorbikes on the roads that have been built on the land donated by them and with the money contributed by them," Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, a NA deputy and the chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council, told the meeting. Therefore, local governments nationwide should be authorized to decide on whether any fees and charges should be collected and at which rates, because only grassroot authorities can clearly know about actual conditions of each locality, Tam said. Such a move is necessary to … [Read more...]

Bill on charges and fees debated

NA deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam of the Ho Chi Minh City delegation: since the Ordinance on charges and fees took effect 13 years ago, it has proven no longer suitable to Vietnam’s current socio-economic development. (Photo: Duc Duy/Vietnam+)

(VOVworld) – On Friday, National Assembly (NA) deputies discussed the draft law on charges and fees. Lawmakers said the list of charges and fees is no longer appropriate for Vietnam’s socio-economic development. Some charges and fees will be removed to reduce administrative overhead and conform with the tax reform strategy. Deputies called for detailed regulations on lists of charges to improve management of monetary resources. … [Read more...]

NA deputies debate merits of lump-sum insurance law

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. Photos: VNA/VNS/An Dang

National Assembly deputies spent most of their time on May 27 debating Article 60 of the 2014 Law on Social Insurance during the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly. It involves regulations on a one-off lump-sum social insurance payment. It was the first discussion since a Government report on the Article was presented to the NA last Thursday and later discussed in small groups of deputies. According to the article, employees eligible to receive a lump-sum social insurance allowance when they resign from work are limited. This means only a limited number of people are entitled to payments, while other employees must wait until they reach retirement age to receive a lump sum. In Viet Nam, the retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. The majority of deputies agreed with the content of the law, which revised the 2006 Law on Social Insurance and will take effect on January 1, 2016. However, deputies believe the National Assembly should take into consideration, amend or … [Read more...]

Nearly 11 percent of households in Hoc Mon district use clean water

Many families in Hoc Mon district in Ho Chi Minh City have not had a supply of clean tap water and used unqualified water from wells instead, reported chairwoman of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam after an investigation of the rate of households accessing to clean water source on May 14. Ms. Tam said that the rate of households accessing to clean water source is low. Moreover, she discovered that locals in Xuan Thoi Dong Commune have used smelly water from wells. As per Hoc Mon District People's Committee, by April, 2015, just around 9,270 over 85,309 households in the district are supplied clean water or just 10.87 percent can access to clean water. The rates of these wards including Thoi Tam Thon, Tan Hiep and Tan Xuan accessing to fresh water are 2.13 percent; 3.05 percent and 5,09 percent respectively. A statistic report shows that the district has over 85,000 wells and only 2 out of 229 water samples tested in 2014 are qualified for bathing and … [Read more...]

Social News 14/5

PM approves assessment council for national programmes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the establishment of an Assessment Council to assess all national target programmes on rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for the period of 2016-20. The council will be responsible for organising the assessment of investment plans for various programmes and submitting them to the Prime Minister for consideration and to the National Assembly for approval. Its tasks will also include organising the feasibility studies of various programmes and submitting their reports to the Prime Minister for consideration. The council will have the authority to ask organisations or units preparing investment plans to provide relevant documents and information on various programmes to serve the assessment process. If necessary, the council can also ask organisations or units to complete their documents to meet assessment demands and consider and make decisions on assessment plans and … [Read more...]