Taxi drivers in Hanoi cheat customers

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Hanoi police continue to grapple with the problem of taxi drivers using different methods to cheat customers out of money, especially foreign tourists. A Thanh Nga Taxi found cheating foreign tourists Hoang Van Manh, Deputy Chief Inspector of the municipal Department of Transport said that one popular way of cheating on fares is putting a chip into the meter that can be controlled remotely by the driver with a cell phone. Despite efforts by the authorities, taxi operations in the capital have yet to improve. Manh attributed the situation to uncontrollable taxi operations in the city. "While HCM City has only 31 taxi companies with 15,000 vehicles, Hanoi has 117 companies with 17,000 vehicles. This means that an average sized taxi company in HCM City has hundreds of vehicles, while in Hanoi and average sized company may only have five or ten," he said. A driver from Trung Viet Taxi forced to return money and apologize He proposed merging smaller taxi companies together so that … [Read more...]

Taxi driver sacked for fleecing foreign couple

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ha Noi-based Thanh Nga Taxi company fined and dismissed a taxi driver who was found guilty of charging an Irish couple a fee 10 times higher than the actual fare. The company's inspector, Tran Duc Tri, said that Pham Van Linh, 38, got a fine of VND5 million (US$230) and was dismissed on Sunday. He has also been summoned to Hoan Kiem District's Hang Buom Ward police station for further investigations, Tri added. Linh picked up the couple from a hotel on Hang Bong Street and took them to dinner, a distance of nearly 2km, for which he asked for VND300,000 ($14) instead of the proper cost - about VND30,000 ($1.40). He allegedly took a VND500,000 ($23) banknote from the husband but only returned a VND20,000 banknote. The tourists then took a picture of the cab's license plate and reported the case to local authorities. — VNS … [Read more...]

One more taxi driver fined $for overcharging foreign tourists

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VietNamNet Bridge - After seeing the Irish tourists to apologize and return the money, a taxi driver of Thanh Nga Taxi had to pay VND5 million ($250) fine and was fired for the act of overcharging.Overcharging foreign travelers tarnish Vietnam's imageHanoi moves to tackle increasing tourist scamsHanoi establishes hotline for reporting taxi overcharging The photo of the number plate of the violated taxi taken by the Irish tourists. Mr. Tran Duc Tri, deputy director of Thanh Nga Taxi said after being informed of the act of overcharging of driver Pham Van Minh, the firm summoned the driver and met the Irish couple to apologize and return the excess amount. The driver was reported to collect nearly VND500,000 ($25) of fares for 2km road. According to Tri, this is the first similar case in the past 11 years of Thanh Nga Taxi. "This action has caused major influence on the reputation and image of the company and Hanoi's tourism," he said. After imposing a VND5 million fine and … [Read more...]

Ministry of Transport to continue tightening control over taxis

After suspending eight taxi firms in Hanoi and HCM City in late 2011, the Ministry of Transport will continue inspecting the remaining taxi firms in both cities in 2012. The Ministry’s chief inspector Nguyen Xuan Hao told the press on January 9, that after investigating 12 cab companies in Hanoi, the Ministry suspended six firms, namely Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, Taxi 14 and Taxi BG. According to Hao, Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, and Taxi BG did not have transport business license, business plans and management machinery. They also used untrained drivers and did not register fare list and service quality with the Hanoi Department of Transport. The official said that the Ministry of Transport would continue inspecting the remaining taxi companies in Hanoi and HCM City because “the firms that are not inspected are even worse than the inspected ones.” “Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has instructed to strictly control taxi services. Poor … [Read more...]

Ministry gets tough on rogue city taxi touts

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The Ministry of Transport has suspended the operations of two taxi firms during spot-checks on four companies in Hanoi. The Mua Xuan and Phu Gia taxi firms had been suspended from operation said ministry Chief Inspector Nguyen Xuan Hao. The Phu Gia Taxi under the Phu Gia Transport Service Company claimed a fleet of registered 14 cars, but inspections revealed that the company had only four dedicated cars, with remaining ten drivers having to pay the Phu Gia Company VND800,000 (USD38.2) per month to use their brandname. Hanoi police recently arrested a Phu Gia taxi driver after he overcharged two Singaporean passengers who had visited the capital for the 80th Interpol General Assembly meeting. He forced them to pay USD200 (around VND4.3 million) and SGD100 (around VND1.6 million) for travelling just 10 km. "Mua Xuan Taxi has only five cars, yet it received an operational license. I have no idea how they claim they are capable of making a profit," Hao said. Thanh Nga Taxi … [Read more...]

Transport Ministry to ‘clean up’ taxi service in Hanoi, HCM City

After a taxi driver arrested for fleecing Interpol guests, the Ministry of Transport has decided to inspect the operation of all taxi firms in Hanoi and HCM City. A traffic inspector is checking the meter of a cab. The Ministry's chief inspector, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hao, said that there are up to 114 taxi companies in Hanoi, with a total of over 16,000 cars. HCM City has only 36 taxi firms but the total number of cabs is higher than in Hanoi. The taxi service has developed robustly in Vietnam in recent years to meet the travel demand of local people. However, this field is said to be very disordered. The Ministry of Transport began to comprehensively inspect taxi firms in Hanoi and HCM City. Hao said that from now to the year end, inspectors will work at 12 taxi firms in Hanoi and 9 in HCM City. The remaining companies will be checked next year. The inspection will focus on organization, management, equipment, quality of cabs and qualification of drivers, service attitude, charges, … [Read more...]

Transport Ministry to ‘clean up’ taxi service in Hanoi, HCM City

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VietNamNet Bridge - After a taxi driver arrested for fleecing Interpol guests, the Ministry of Transport has decided to inspect the operation of all taxi firms in Hanoi and HCM City. The Ministry's chief inspector, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hao, said that there are up to 114 taxi companies in Hanoi, with a total of over 16,000 cars. HCM City has only 36 taxi firms but the total number of cabs is higher than in Hanoi. … [Read more...]

South Korean certificate of merit presented to a Vietnamese business and citizen

The Association of South Koreans in Hanoi presented Certificates of Merit to a Vietnamese business and an individual at the Daewoo Hotel yesterday as a sincere sign of gratitude to Vietnamese citizens for their friendliness and welcoming sentiments. The Thanh Nga Taxi Joint-Stock Co. was presented with a Certificate of Merit as South Koreans in Hanoi were satisfied with the services offered by the company through the enthusiast and honesty of its drivers. Meanwhile, Uong Thi Kien, an employee at the Minh Van Co., selling tickets for Asiana Airlines, often does her best to serve customers. Whenever customers needed urgent tickets, even during weekends or holidays, she is always the office to serve them. Speaking the Korean language with great fluency, Ms. Kien sometimes has to work late in order to serve South Korean customers when they arrive in Hanoi late from other Vietnamese provinces. Despite her hard work, she always keeps a smile on her face, and is friendly with any and all … [Read more...]

VN Central Bank says Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group is not being inspected

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The recent rumours about property and agriculture group Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) facing an inspection were groundless, State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Deputy Governor Nguyen Phuoc Thanh said. Thanh has affirmed this to the local press, after some online forums last week posted a document carrying the central bank's requests for a review of the performances at the firm. The piece, signed by the central bank's deputy chief inspector, Nguyen Van Hung, required credit institutions to report on loans they lent the company and its production and business situation as of December 31, 2015. It also asked for specifications of the problems emerging in the lending process and the suggestion about debt reclaiming measures for the firm. Reports on these were to be submitted to the central bank before January 18. HAGL share prices continuously hit the floor and ended last week at a record low of VND7,900 (35 cents) per share on the HCM City Stock Exchange, as a result of the rumours. Thanh … [Read more...]

SBV says HAGL is not being inspected

HA NOI (VNS) — The recent rumours about property and agriculture group Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) facing an inspection were groundless, State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Deputy Governor Nguyen Phuoc Thanh said. Thanh has affirmed this to the local press, after some online forums last week posted a document carrying the central bank's requests for a review of the performances at the firm. The piece, signed by the central bank's deputy chief inspector, Nguyen Van Hung, required credit institutions to report on loans they lent the company and its production and business situation as of December 31, 2015. It also asked for specifications of the problems emerging in the lending process and the suggestion about debt reclaiming measures for the firm. Reports on these were to be submitted to the central bank before January 18. HAGL share prices continuously hit the floor and ended last week at a record low of VND7,900 (35 cents) per share on the HCM City Stock Exchange, as a result of the … [Read more...]

Transport inspector jailed for taking bribes to disregard overloaded trucks

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Le Dinh Trong (C), former deputy chief inspector of Dak Nong Province's Transport Department in the trial on January 5, 2016. Photo: Phan Ba A court in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Tuesday sentenced a former senior transport inspector to seven years in jail for taking bribes to ignore overloaded trucks. Le Dinh Trong, 41, was deputy chief inspector at the local transport department in 2013 when he received bribes from a Ho Chi Minh City-based company. According to the indictment, a team of inspectors led by Trong caught four container trucks belonging to Hiep Toan Company in early 2013 and let them go after four days without any penalty. Trong had said at the time that it was the "first violation" by the company. Nguyen Trong Toan, an employee of the company, then met Trong and offered payment for his protection. In April 2014, Toan transferred a total VND40 million (US$1,780) to Trong’s bank account and none of the company’s heavy trucks faced any … [Read more...]

Deputy chief inspector jailed for corruption

Le Dinh Trong (centre) and other accused at the court which sentenced them for taking and giving bribes. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Minh

DAK NONG (VNS) — The Dak Nong Province People's Court yesterday sentenced former deputy chief inspector of the provincial Department of Transport Le Dinh Trong, 41, to seven years' imprisonment for taking bribes. The court also sentenced Nguyen Trong Toan, 37, and Nguyen Xuan Chung, 48, to six years and three years in jail, respectively, for giving bribes. The court took VND20 million (US$800) from amount Trong received as bribe and deposited it in the provincial public funds. The indictment showed that from the beginning of 2014 to October 2014, Toan, who was a worker of the Hiep Toan Co Ltd in HCM City's District 9, transferred VND40 million ($1,700) to Trong's bank account so that the latter would allow him to transport 89 trips of cooking oil from the city to Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Kon Tum central highlands provinces, and 89 trips of wood from Dak Nong Province to HCM City. The weight of the goods exceeded the loading capacity at weighing stations. From April to October … [Read more...]

HCM City inspector claims no corruption in Jan. – Dec. 2015

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A HCM City inspector has announced that no corruption cases were uncovered in the first nine months of this year, despite their admittance that it was a problem. Deputy Chief Inspector of HCM City Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga made the comments at a meeting of the municipal People's Council on December 9. Nga cited the city's socio-economic report between January and September as saying that during the period the city carried out 151 inspections at 341 local agencies and units, detecting violations at 30 units valued at VND85 billion (USD4 million) and property including three houses. However, no cases of corruption were uncovered during the phase. She also noted that corruption in HCM City was still ‘complicated’ and partially attributed to lax management and supervision and complicated administrative procedures. Meanwhile, some localities have been weak in dealing with cases involving corruption. Corruption is widespread in infrastructure construction, public procurement and … [Read more...]

HCM City inspector claims no corruption if first 9 months

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A HCM City inspector has announced that no corruption cases were uncovered in the first nine months of this year, despite their admittance that it was a problem. Deputy Chief Inspector of HCM City Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga made the comments at a meeting of the municipal People's Council on December 9. Deputy Chief Inspector of HCM City Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga at the meeting Nga cited the city's socio-economic report between January and September as saying that during the period the city carried out 151 inspections at 341 local agencies and units, detecting violations at 30 units valued at VND85 billion (USD4 million) and property including three houses. However, no cases of corruption were uncovered during the phase. She also noted that corruption in HCM City was still ‘complicated’ and partially attributed to lax management and supervision and complicated administrative procedures. Meanwhile, some localities have been weak in dealing with cases involving corruption. Corruption … [Read more...]

No corruption found in Ho Chi Minh City, and it’s not a good thing

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Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga, deputy chief inspector of Ho Chi Minh City, speaks at a meeting in the city December 9, 2015. She said that her unit found no corruption cases in the first nine months. Photo credit: Tu Trung/Tuoi Tre Ho Chi Minh City has not found any signs of corruption in its agencies this year, and a senior inspector admitted that there should have been more efforts to uncover wrongdoings. The issue was raised during a meeting on Wednesday between the city's administration and legislators, when Deputy Tran Van Thien questioned why corruption has not been seriously discussed at any government meetings for years. "Is corruption really nonexistent or is it hiding somewhere?" Thien said, as cited by Tuoi Tre newspaper. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga, deputy chief inspector of the city, said that her unit found no corruption cases in the first nine months. But Nga said that does not mean corruption does not exist. She said corruption is still "complicated" in several areas such as … [Read more...]

Vietnam needs law on performing arts: experts

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Vietnam needs a law to ensure the development of performing arts in line with people's demands and the country's global integration, experts told a recent conference in HCM City. Most attendees agreed that performing arts have played a major role in improving spiritual life, preserving and highlighting the nation's traditional values, inculcating patriotism and national pride in people, and shining the spotlight on heroes of national liberation. (Photo for illustration) While there are legal documents spelling out the roles and responsibilities of regulatory agencies at various levels, many of them are outdated and have to struggle to keep pace with the rapid changes occurring on the arts scene, they said. Tran Van Minh, Deputy Chief Inspector at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said existing legal provisions do not clearly identify the agencies responsible for checking, granting and cancelling licenses for art performances. As a result, there are many violations, … [Read more...]

VN Food Association’s former chairman to be prosecuted

Nguyen Hung Linh, former general director of Kien Giang Trade and Tourism Ltd, and six others will face prosecution for causing KTT loss of more than VND50 billion (US$2.2 million). - Photo doisongphapluat.com

Trial begins on VND1 tril. bank lossSix former hospital officials found guilty of embezzlementFormer Deputy Chief Inspector prosecuted for briberyTwenty nine cases of corruption discoveredRecovering embezzled funds sends a strong signal to corrupt officials HA NOI (VNS) - Nguyen Hung Linh, former general director of Kien Giang Trade and Tourism Ltd., (KTT), and six others will face prosecution for causing KTT loss of more than VND50 billion (US$2.2 million). Linh was also chairman of the Viet Nam Food Association. During 10 days in March 2010, Linh and his Deputy Director Do Hieu Liem, signed four contracts with Viet Phong SJC (VIFOCO) to buy 11,000 tonnes of rice. Linh and Liêm agreed to buy 7,000 tonnes and 4,000 tonnes respectively. The contracts were valued at VND72.7 billion ($3.23 million). Huynh Vu Anh, a planning officer of KTT, was assigned to go to VIFOCO to check the goods in the warehouse. Though he found that VIFOCO didn't have enough rice, Anh still signed the … [Read more...]

VN needs law on performing arts: experts

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam needs a law to ensure the development of performing arts in line with people's demands and the country's global integration, experts told a recent conference in HCM City. Most attendees agreed that performing arts have played a major role in improving spiritual life, preserving and highlighting the nation's traditional values, inculcating patriotism and national pride in people, and shining the spotlight on heroes of national liberation. While there are legal documents spelling out the roles and responsibilities of regulatory agencies at various levels, many of them are outdated and have struggled to keep pace with the rapid changes occurring on the arts scene, they said. Tran Van Minh, deputy chief inspector at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said existing legal provisions do not clearly identify the agencies responsible for checking, granting and cancelling licenses for art performances. As a result, there are many violations, … [Read more...]

UNDP supports Vietnam in fight against corruption

(VOVworld) - Deputy Chief Inspector Le Thi Thuy expressed her hope that the UNDP will provide more support for Vietnam’s anti-corruption efforts at a working session with Patrick Keuleers, a UNDP official within the framework of the 6

th conference of Parties to the UN convention against corruption in Saint Peterburg, Russia. Keuleers said the UNDP will soon ratify the fund to adjust tools and resources for anti-corruption analysis set up by the Republic of Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission to match Vietnam’s situation. This is part of a project to improve enforcement of the UN Convention against Corruption and the role of non-state subjects in combating corruption. The Vietnamese delegation held working sessions with representatives of the Chinese delegation and the Secretariat of the Convention to discuss the draft review of China’s implementation of the convention. Diep Anh, VOV’s correspondent in Russia … [Read more...]

Capital cracking down on overloaded vehicles

HA NOI (VNS) — There has been a reduction in overloaded vehicles in Ha Noi, but more measures were needed to completely control them, said experts at a conference on managing overloaded vehicles by September held in Ha Noi on Tuesday. Chief inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport Tran Dang Hai said that by the end of September, city transport inspectors discovered more than 3,700 violators, handed out fines of nearly VND25 billion (US$1.1 million) and withdrew 860 driving licences. The transport inspectors worked with the city police and local authorities to use five mobile weighing stations on main roads. Deputy chief inspector of the department and also head of the weighing stations, Cao Van Hiep, said that the five weighing stations were in operation all day and night. The department assigned inspectors to be on duty along small roads and shortcuts around the weighing stations to prevent overloaded vehicles from evading them. More than 1,800 overloaded vehicles … [Read more...]