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Electronic toll collection begins at Phu My bridge

An electronic toll collection (ETC) system was put into operation at Phu My bridge toll station in HCM City’s District 2 on March 23.

During the first phase of the toll collection system, which does not require vehicles to stop, four of the eight lanes at the station will operate with the ETC system.

The remaining toll booths will continue to collect tolls manually until the second phase of investment.

The ETC system will automatically charge vehicles going through Phu My bridge toll station according to the toll rate of the station.

The vehicles will need an electronic tag (e-tag) and an account for fee collection, similar to those used for prepaid mobile services.

The toll station’s investor, Phu My Bridge Construction Investment Joint Stock Company, said that vehicle owners must bring an ID card, passport or vehicle certification of ownership to register their accounts for automatic fee collection.

They can register at the Phu My bridge toll station, VETC electronic toll collection company, or motor vehicle registration centres nationwide.

The Phu My bridge toll station’s ETC system will be connected to an electronic toll collection system (ETC) at An Suong - An Lac toll booths in Binh Tan District, and all toll booths will have ETC systems nationwide.

Phu My bridge, which opened to traffic in September 2009 after four years of construction, connects the city’s District 2 with District 7, with total investment of more than 2 trillion dong (US86 million US dollars).

The use of ETC at BOT toll stations is expected to reduce traffic congestion, save time and fuel for drivers, and reduce pollution as drivers will no longer have to stop their vehicles and pay fees manually. -VNS/VNP