Under a proposal by the Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department, the road maintenance fee for motorbikes with cylinder volumes of under 100cc will be VND60,000 (US$2.9) per year , generally lower than the Transport Ministry’s rate.
The department said most owners of such motorbikes are low income earners, so such a fee rate is reasonable. Meanwhile, the ministry has regulated a fee from VND50,000 to VND100,000 for such motorbikes.
For bikes of more than 100cc, the department has proposed a single fee rate of VND150,000, while the ministry has regulated a fee ranging from VND100,000 and VND150,000.
According to the department, owners of electric two-wheeled vehicles are not required to pay the road maintenance fee.
Regarding fee payment, owners of vehicles registered before January 1, 2013 will pay the fee for whole year; while for vehicles registered from January 1 to June 30 this year (and every year afterwards), owners must pay 50 percent of the fee for the whole year before July 31, 2013 (and July 31 of every year afterwards) at the latest.
As for vehicles registered from July 1 to December 31 every year, their owners will pay the fee in January of the following year for the whole of that year and are not required to pay the fee for the remaining part of the previous year in which their vehicles were registered.
Under the ministry’s regulations, the people’s committees of wards, communes and towns will collect the fees.
However, to make things for convenient for fee payers, the department proposed that city authority allow vehicle owners to pay the fee to the person who is assigned by the people’s committee of wards, communes or towns to manage each residential quarter.
According to the department, the city had 5,465,365 vehicles registered by the end of 2012.