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Circular No. 20/2011/TT-BGTVT dated March 31, 2011 of the Ministry of Transport providing for passenger transportation by inland waterway (No attached forms)
28/07/2011
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THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

 

Circular No. 20/2011/TT-BGTVT of March 31, 2011, providing for passenger transportation by inland waterway

 

Pursuant to the 2004 Law on Inland Waterway Navigation; Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 51/ 2008/ND-CP of April 22, 2008, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Transport;

 

The Minister of Transport provides for passenger transportation by inland waterway as follows:

 

Chapter I

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Article 1. Scope of regulation and subjects of application 1. This Circular provides for the transportation of passengers, luggage and consigned baggage by inland waterway.

 

2. This Circular applies to organizations and individuals engaged in the transportation of passengers, luggage and consigned baggage by inland waterway.

 

Article 2. Interpretation of terms

 

            Passenger mean a person who is carried on board an inland waterway passenger  vessel and has bought a passenger ticket, excluding the vessel's

            crew members and operator and fare exempt children accompanying the passenger.

 

Chapter II

 

PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION BY INLAND WATERWAY Article 3. Obligations of passenger transport dealers

 

In addition to complying with clause 2, Article 82 of the Law on Inland Waterway Navigation, transport dealers shall perform the following obligations:

 

1. To put sufficient life saving and fire extinguishing devices and equipment at easily noticeable and accessible places on board vessels. 2. To make announcement at passenger-embarking and -disembarking ports or landing stages at least 3 days in advance upon any changes in vessels' operation chart or itinerary or at least 12 hours in advance upon any changes in the time of departure (except cases of cross-river passenger transportation).

 

 

 

 

3. At least 10 minutes before a vessel arrives at a passenger-embarking and -disembarking port or landing stage, the captain shall inform passengers of the name of the port or landing stage, the duration of stay and other necessary  information (except cases of cross-river passenger transportation).

 

            4. To post up vessels' internal rules (applicable to passengers) and use instructions of life saving and fire extinguishing devices and equipment at easily noticeable places on board vessels; in case these rules and instructions cannot boosted up on board vessels, they must be posted up at

passenger-embarking and -disembarking ports and landing stages.

            5. To serve passengers in a civilized and polite manner. 6. To report the termination of operation on fixed routes to competent agencies which have granted approval for passenger transportation on fixed routes at least 5 days in advance.

 

            Article 4. Procedures for grant of approval for passenger transportation on fixed routes, applicable to organizations and individuals with foreign Investment capital in Vietnam, and passenger transportation on cross

border inland waterway routes

 

1. For organizations and individuals with foreign investment capital in Vietnam that register for passenger transportation on domestic fixed inland waterway routes

 

a/ Registrants shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to regional inland waterway administrations.

 

A dossier comprises a paper of registration for passenger transportation on fixed inland waterway routes, made according to form No. 1 attached to this Circular; written agreements or contracts with inland waterway port or landing stage authorities allowing vessels to enter ports or landing stages to embark or disembark passengers; written consents of provincial-level Transport Departments of localities in which passenger ports or landing stages are located; certified copies (or copies enclosed with originals for comparison) of the business registration certificate, stating the business line of passenger transportation by inland waterway, certificates of registration and certificates of technical safety and environmental protection of inland waterway vessels which are valid and suitable to the grade of the operation route.

 

b/ Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified at Point a.

            Clause 1 of this Article, the regional inland waterway administration shall examine the dossier; if the dossier is complete according to regulations, it shall issue a written approval for passenger transportation on fixed inland waterway routes; if the prescribed conditions are not fully met, it shall

 

 

 

 

return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason. 2. For organizations and individuals that register for passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes a/ Registrants shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to regional inland waterways administrations.

 

A dossier comprises the papers specified at Point a. Clause 1 of this Article; the written consent of a competent authority of the foreign country of destination.

 

b/ Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified at Point a,

            Clause 1 of this Article, the regional inland waterway administration shall examine the dossier; if the dossier is complete according to regulations, it shall propose in writing the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration to approve passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes; if the prescribed conditions are not fully met, it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

c/ Within 5 working days after receiving the regional inland waterway administration's proposal, the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration shall issue a written approval for passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes. In case of refusal, it shall return the dossier and give a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

            Article 5. Procedures for grant of approval for passenger transportation on fixed routes (except for foreign-invested organizations in Vietnam and

passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes)

            Organizations and individuals shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to provincial-level Transport Departments of localities in which they are headquartered, for organizations, or register their permanent residence, for individuals. A dossier comprises:

 

1. A paper of registration for passenger transportation on fixed inland waterway routes, made according to form No. 1 provided in this Circular. 2. The written agreements or contracts with inland waterway port or landing stage authorities allowing vessels to enter ports or landing stages to embark or disembark passengers.

 

3. Written consents of provincial-level Transport Departments of localities in which ports or landing stages are located.

 

4. Certified copies (or copies enclosed with originals for comparison) of the following papers:

 

a/ The business registration certificate stating the business line of passenger transportation by inland waterway;

 

 

 

 

b/ Certificates of registration of inland waterway vessels;

            c/ Certificates of technical safety and environmental protection of inland waterway vessels, which are valid and suitable to the grade of the operation route.

 

5. Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified at Clauses 1, 2. 3 and 4 of this Article, the provincial-level Transport Department shall examine the dossier; if the dossier is complete according to regulations, it shall issue a written approval for passenger transportation on fixed inland waterway routes:

 

if the prescribed conditions are not fully met, it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

Article 6. Passenger transportation under contracts

 

1. In addition to complying with the provisions of Article 78 of the Law on Inland Waterway Navigation, transport dealers engaged in passenger transportation under contracts may operate their vessels only on organized inland waterway routes within the operation area stated in the certificate of technical safety and environmental protection of inland waterway vessels; and embark and disembark passengers at inland waterway ports already announced or at inland waterway landing stages which have operation licenses.

 

2. For each vessel, a passenger transportation contract with the following details must be signed:

 

a/ The itinerary;

 

b/ Names of passenger-embarking and -disembarking ports and landing

            stages;

 

c/ The period of operation and number of trips under the contract.

 

Article 7. Cross-river passenger transportation

 

In addition to complying with the provisions of Article 79 of the Law on Inland Waterway

 

Navigation, organizations and individuals engaged in cross-river passenger

            transportation may only operate vessels at inland waterway landing stages which have a permit for cross-river passenger transportation. Chapter III

 

EXPERIMENTAL TRANSPORTATION ON INLAND WATERWAY ROUTES

 

Article 8. Vessels subject to experimental transportation

 

 

 

 

            1. For vessels which are domestically manufactured or imported for the first time and have new technical properties and a speed of 30 km/Or higher, before using them for passenger transportation on inland waterway routes, testing trips must be organized under the supervision of concerned

provincial-level Transport Departments.

 

2. The duration of experimental transportation on inland waterway routes is:

 

a/ SOS months, for vessels which are domestically manufactured or imported for the first time and have new technical properties for use in passenger transportation on inland waterway routes;

 

b/ Three months, for vessels with technical properties similar to those of

            operating ones.

 

            Article 9. Procedures for grant of approval for testily trips of passenger vessels on inland waterway routes

 

            1. A dossier of application for approval for a testing trip comprises: a/An application for approval for a vessel's testing trip on an inland waterway route, made according to form No. 2 attached to this Circular;

b/ Written agreements or contracts with inland waterway port or landing

            stage authorities allowing the vessel to enter ports or landing stages to embark or disembark passengers;

 

c/ Written consents of provincial-level Transport Departments of localities related to the transport route;

 

d/ Certified copies (or copies enclosed with originals for comparison) of: the business registration certificate stating the business line of passenger transportation by inland waterway, the vessel's registration certificate and certificate of technical safety and environmental protection, which is valid and suitable to the grade of the projected operation route of the vessel. 2. Organizations and individuals without foreign investment capital in Vietnam shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to Transport Departments of provinces or centrally run cities in which they are headquartered, for organizations, or register their permanent residence, for individuals. Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified in Clause 1 of this Article, the provincial-level Transport Department shall examine the dossier and, if the dossier is complete, make a written approval for the vessel's testing trip. In case the prescribed conditions are not fully met, the provincial-level Transport Department shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

3. Organizations and individuals with foreign investment capital in Vietnam shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to regional inland waterway

 

 

 

 

administrations. Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified in Clause 1 of this Article, the regional inland waterway administration shall examine the dossier and, if the dossier is complete, make a written approval for the vessel's testing trip. In case the prescribed conditions are not fully met. it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

4. For organizations and individuals registering for passenger vessel's testing trips on cross-border inland waterway routes

 

a/ Organizations and individuals shall submit their dossiers by post or directly to regional inland waterway administrations.

 

            A dossier comprises the papers specified in Clause 1 of this Article and the written consent of a competent authority of the country of destination.

b/ Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified in Clause 1 of

            this Article, the regional inland waterway administration shall examine the dossier and, if the dossier is complete, propose in writing the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration to approve the passenger vessel's testing trip on a cross-border inland waterway route. In case the prescribed conditions are not fully met, it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

c/ Within 5 working days after receiving the regional inland waterway administration's proposal, the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration shall issue a written approval for the passenger vessel's testing trip on a cross-border inland waterway route. In case of refusal, it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason. Article 10. Procedures for grant of approval for experimental passenger

            transportation on inland waterway routes

 

1. After a testing trip is finished, the organization or individuals shall send a dossier of application for experimental transportation on inland waterway routes by post or submit it directly to the agency which has approved the testing trip. A dossier comprises:

 

a/ An application for approval for experimental passenger transportation on inland waterway routes, made according to form No. 3 attached to this Circular;

 

b/ A record of the testing trip, made according to form No. 4 attached to

            this Circular, containing written consents of agencies and units supervising the testing trip.

 

2. Within 5 working days after receiving a complete dossier specified in Clause 1 of this Article, after examining and finding the dossier complete according to regulations:

 

 

 

 

            a/ The provincial-level Transport Department shall issue a written approval for experimental transportation on inland waterway routes, for applicants

being organizations and individuals without foreign investment capital; b/ The regional inland waterway administration shall issue a written

            approval for experimental transportation on inland waterway routes, for applicants being organizations and individuals with foreign investment capital.

 

In case the prescribed conditions are not fully met, the competent authority shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason. 3. For organizations and individuals registering for experimental passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway

 

routes

 

            a/ Within 5 working days after receiving a dossier specified in Clause 1 of this Article, the regional inland waterway administration shall examine the dossier and, if the dossier is complete, propose in writing the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration to approve the experimental passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes. In case the

prescribed conditions are not fully met, it shall return the dossier and issue

            a written reply clearly stating the reason.

 

b/ Within 5 working days after receiving the regional inland waterway

            administration's proposal, the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration shall issue a written approval for experimental passenger transportation on cross-border inland waterway routes. In case of refusal, it shall return the dossier and issue a written reply clearly stating the reason. 4. Past the experimental transportation period, if there remain problems, affecting the safety of vessels, competent authorities may extend the experimental transportation period and clearly state the problems and remedies to be taken. The maximum extension period is 3 months and the total experimental transportation period roust not exceed 12 months. 5. Within or after the experimental transportation period, in case the route's infrastructure works or the vessels fail to assure safety conditions, competent authorities may issue a document to request termination of the operation and notify such to concerned agencies and units. Article 11. Approval for official operation of passenger vessels on inland waterway routes

 

            1. Upon the expiration of the experimental transportation period, organizations and individuals applying for the grant of approval for the

passenger vessels' official operation on inland waterway routes shall add a

            report (containing the certification of concerned provincial-level Transport Departments) to the dossier of application for approval for the passenger

 

 

vessels' official operation on inland waterway routes.

 

2. Organizations and individuals related to the grant of approval for official operation of passenger vessels on inland waterway routes shall comply with the provisions of Articles 4 and 5 of this Circular.

 

3. In the written approval for official passenger transportation on inland waterway routes, competent authorities shall clearly indicate that the organization or individual is approved to officially provide transportation and notify such to concerned provincial-level Transport Departments for continued monitoring and management.

 

Chapter IV

 

PASSENGER TICKETS

 

Article 12. Passenger tickets, ticket sale, making of passenger lists and

            ticket check

 

            1. Passenger tickets constitute proof of the entry into passenger transportation contracts. Passenger tickets shall be printed and distributed

by passenger transport dealers themselves according to form No. 5 attached

            to this Circular.

 

            2. It is prohibited to sell tickets at fare rates other than those announced by passenger transport dealers at places of ticket sale. New or adjusted fare rates must be publicly displayed at passenger-embarking and -disembarking

ports and landing stages at least 15 days in advance for 3 consecutive days before application. The adjustment of fare rates complies with the Ministry

            of Finance's regulations.

 

            3. Organizations and individuals dealing in passenger transportation on fixed routes may sell tickets by themselves or authorize inland waterway port or landing stage authorities or other entities to do so. 4. The time of starting and closing ticket sale must be publicly displayed at

places of ticket sale and passenger waiting halls. For passenger

            transportation on fixed routes, ticket sale must be closed at least 15 minutes before the vessel departure.

 

5. The number of tickets sold out for each trip must not exceed the number of passenger seats prescribed by the registry for the vessel concerned. 6. For each trip of passenger transportation on fixed routes or under contracts, the carrier shall make a passenger list in at least two originals, one to be handed to the captain and the other to be kept at the inland waterway port or landing stage. The captain shall add to the passenger list the names of passengers who embark the vessel at landing stages along the transportation route. The passenger list must also include those who are exempt from fares.

 

 

 

 

            7. It is required to check tickets when passengers embark vessels; to prevent passengers from embarking vessels in a number exceeding the prescribed number of seats and promptly handle mistakes in passenger

            tickets.

 

Article 13. Fare exemption and reduction

 

1. Children aged 5 years or younger are exempt from fare but have to share seats with passengers who accompany them;

 

            2. Children aged between over 5 to 10 years enjoy a 50% reduction of fare but every two of them shall share a seat.

 

Article 14. Ticket sale priority

 

1. Patients who must be shipped at the request of health agencies; 2. War invalids or diseased soldiers of class 1 and class 2; 3. Persons aged over 65 years and persons with disabilities; 4. Persons with children of under 24 months; 5. Pregnant women.

 

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