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Expressway service refusal beyond mandate: official
Tuesday,  2/12/2019, 18:45 

Expressway service refusal beyond mandate: official

The Saigon Times Daily

An aerial view of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway in northern Vietnam – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The decision of the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VECE) to permanently ban two cars from travelling on the expressways under its management and operation is beyond its authority, said Nguyen Van Huyen, head of the Vietnam Directorate for Roads.

Huyen was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that neither VECE nor its holding company, Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), has the mandate to impose this ban.

“The ban on vehicle circulation and parking is under the authority of the Minister of Transport and the chairpersons of the provincial-level people’s committees. The Vietnam Directorate for Roads has asked VEC to report on the issue,” he said.

He added that VEC only has the right to refuse its services to those vehicles committing transport safety violations and failing to comply with safety requirements on expressways.

Le Hong Diep, head of the Road Management and Maintenance Department at the Vietnam Directorate for Roads, said that it is only possible to deal with violations of drivers since assets can be bought or sold in line with legal provisions. Mistakes are never blamed on the assets.

Earlier, VECE’s director, Nguyen Viet Tan, told the local media that the firm had decided to permanently refuse its services to two cars with number plates 51A-55850 and 51G-77256 on all expressways under the management and operation of VEC.

The firm explained that the two vehicles had violated traffic rules while travelling on expressways managed by VEC.

Lawyer Le Trung Phat told the news website VnExpress that the decision of permanent service refusal is groundless and goes against the law because VECE is only a business tasked with the management, operation and maintenance of expressways and these roads are public works that it does not own.

VEC operates a total of four expressways: Cau Gie-Ninh Binh and Noi Bai-Lao Cai, both in northern Vietnam; Danang-Quang Ngai in the central region; and HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay in the southern part of the country.

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