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 taxi services have … [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...]

Nationwide raids commence with VND13.5 billion of unlicensed software found

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Following the conclusion of a World IP Day awareness campaign that was launched on March 31, 2015. Since the conclusion of the month-long campaign, a total of 8 raids have been conducted against enterprises, netting illegal software valued at more than VND 13.5 billion. The companies involved in this mission are Chin Chen Fuh Viet Nam Molds MFG Co., Ltd. (Long Dinh IZ, Long Dinh commune, Can Duoc district, Long An province; Asia Pacific Plastic Co., Ltd( D-01, Street No. 5, Duc Hoa 1 Industrial Zone, Duc Hoa Dong commune, Duc Hoa district, Long An Province) ; Zongshen Motor Vietnam Co, Ltd(Lot 39G1, Quang Minh industrial zone, Me Linh District, Hanoi) and others. Mr Tran Van Minh, the Deputy Chief Inspector of MOCST, said: "A huge number of illegal software was found during raids against eight big foreign-owned companies. Over a thousand copies of unlicensed software were found in 493 PCs, where these software were being used by the raided companies in their business operations. … [Read more...]

Metro alleged to violate tax rules

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Tam An The Ministry of Finance was quoted by the local news site VnExpress as saying that competent agencies had found violations at the company during their two-month probe into transfer pricing and asked it to pay the tax arrears. The tax arrears included the company’s unpaid corporate tax and reductions of value-added tax the firm was allowed to enjoy. Vietnam Television (VTV) reported the amount the firm would be forced to pay was VND507 billion. Nguyen Dau, deputy chief inspector at the General Department of Taxation, told VTV that inspectors had detected problems with franchising at Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam from 2006 to 2009 and that the company failed to show sufficient evidence of payments for its parent company in Germany in the period. Dau said a thorough inspection was launched at Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam after local media reported the company had been acquired by a Thai firm. The wholesaler began its operation in Vietnam in 2002 with an … [Read more...]

Seafood firms oppose hike in freight charges; could lead to higher transport costs

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VietNamNet Bridge - A 70 percent increase in freight charges is expected to lead to a doubling or tripling of transport costs for seafood companies. Foreign shipping firms, including Yang Ming, CMA CGM, OOCL and Wan Hai Vietnam, have announced increases in freight fees and surcharges starting April 1. Nguyen Hoai Nam, deputy secretary general of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said the unreasonable charges and surcharges set by foreign firms are a financial burden for seafood export firms. Foreign shipping firms raised the fees sharply in June 2014, when one 20-feet seafood dry container to the US was charged $2,300. In March this year, the fee rose by 70 percent to $3,900 per container. Nguyen Van Kich, chair of Cafatex, said the company has to pay 15-20 percent of its revenue on transport costs, which means the 70 percent freight increase would triple transport costs. "Seafood companies are dying," Kich said. "Their business has shrunk … [Read more...]

Vietnam woman narrowly cheats death following Chinese doctor-administered abortion

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A Vietnamese woman has escaped death by inches after suffering a severe complication from a botched abortion performed by a Chinese doctor at a private clinic unlicensed to conduct such surgery in Ho Chi Minh City. The victim, 48-year-old M.T.M, was taken to the city-based Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital about 6:30 pm on April 10 after she experienced a painful, failed abortion at the Quoc Te [International] General Clinic, located at 221 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1. Doctors at Tu Du said M. suffered a serious post-abortion complication and she had to undergo emergency surgery to survive, said Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai, head of the hospital’s General Planning Department. During the surgery, doctors detected about 500ml of blood in her abdomen, while finding some holes in her uterus and the fetus cut horizontally, Dr. Hai said. The woman would have died if she had been hospitalized later that day, he added. Yesterday M., hailing from the southern province of Binh Duong, … [Read more...]

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Five fishermen rescued off coast of Da Nang Five Vietnamese fishermen were rescued on Saturday off the coast of Da Nang after their boat lost power at sea. The fishing boat, from Binh Dinh Province, was adrift for hours after the engine broke down on the seas off Da Nang around 3am. A search and rescue ship was sent and found the fishing ship six hours later, before taking the fishermen and the boat safety home on Saturday evening. The crew members were unharmed. Food firm found guilty of unhygienic practise Investigation by the Viet Nam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health has shown that the Phu Nhat Hao Catering Company did not ensure food hygiene and safety, said Nguyen Hung Long, deputy director of the administration. The Phu Nhat Hao Company, in the southern province of Binh Duong, used the same vehicle to carry waste as it did to transport food to schools, Long said. On April 9, 16 students at Vo Thi Sau Primary School were hospitalised after having meals … [Read more...]

Anglers ‘massacre’ fish via electrocuting along Ho Chi Minh City canal

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A Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper investigation has shown that a number of mindless residents have elevated angling along a revived canal in Ho Chi Minh City from an undesirable pastime to an ecologically damaging livelihood by electrocuting fish. In recent years, a large number of anglers have caught fish along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal, which runs about eight kilometers through seven districts, including District 1, District 3, District 10, Phu Nhuan District, Tan Binh District, Go Vap District, and Binh Thanh District. A remarkable makeover has been given to the canal, turning it from a ‘dead’ canal into the one teeming with life and shoals of fish, after phase 1 of an environmental sanitation project, which covers the basin of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal, was completed in August 2012. The phase was invested with more than US$300 million, according to sources from the World Bank. Despite the government’s tremendous efforts to bring the once-dead canal back … [Read more...]

Vietnam begins inspecting projects implemented by slush fund-hit Korean firm

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Vietnam has kicked off an inspection of expressway projects South Korea firm POSCO Engineering and Construction (E&C) was contracted to after Korean media reported that an executive of the firm set up a slush fund and embezzled millions of U.S. dollars when working as the country director in Vietnam during the 2009-2012 period. According to a decision made by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang on Thursday, a six-member inspection team, including representatives from the Ministry of Transport, its Finance Department, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Transport Construction and Quality Management, is led by the ministry’s Deputy Chief Inspector Le Van Doan. The delegation is inspecting the selection of contractors and acceptance of payment and settlement to detect any weaknesses, flaws, and violations of the law. The inspection team will also propose amendments and supplements to current mechanisms, policies, and regulations in order to enhance … [Read more...]

8 Laos trucks caught with suspected smuggled timber

Timber-laden trucks travel from Laos to Vietnam through the Nam Can Border Gate in Nghe An Province. Photo credit: Kien Thuc

Traffic police in the central province of Nghe An have confiscated eight Laos-registered trucks allegedly laden with smuggled timber. The fleet was found parked on the roadside on National Highway 7 in Nghe An’s Chuong Duong District at around 10 p.m on April 7, Kien Thuc news website reported. The police had received a tip-off about the trucks and lay in wait near the spot. When asked to produce papers, the Laotian truck drivers refused. The following day the officers escorted all the trucks to a bus station in nearby Do Luong District. The investigation is continuing. The police said the trucks had brought the timber from Laos to Vietnam via the Nam Can Border Gate in Nghe An. Phan Huy Chuong, deputy chief inspector of the province Department of Transport, said dozens of Laotian trucks with timber are hiding on small roads off National Highway 7 to avoid Vietnamese traffic police. He said more officers have been stationed on the highway to tackle the problem. … [Read more...]

8 Laos trucks caught with suspected smuggled timber in Vietnam

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Timber-laden trucks travel from Laos to Vietnam through the Nam Can Border Gate in Nghe An Province. Photo credit: Kien Thuc Traffic police in the central province of Nghe An have confiscated eight Laos-registered trucks allegedly laden with smuggled timber. The fleet was found parked on the roadside on National Highway 7 in Nghe An’s Chuong Duong District at around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Kien Thuc news website reported. The police had received a tip-off about the trucks and lay in wait near the spot. When asked to produce papers, the Laotian truck drivers refused. The following day the officers escorted all the trucks to a bus station in nearby Do Luong District. The investigation is continuing. The police said the trucks had brought the timber from Laos to Vietnam via the Nam Can Border Gate in Nghe An. Phan Huy Chuong, deputy chief inspector of the province Department of Transport, said dozens of Laotian trucks with timber are hiding on small roads off National Highway 7 to … [Read more...]

Transport Ministry looks into projects contracted to RoK’s POSCO E&C

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang decided to set up an inspection team to look into expressway projects contracted to the Republic of Korea’s POSCO Engineering and Construction (E&C) on April 9. The inspection team includes six members from the Ministry of Transport, its Finance Departments, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Transport Construction and Quality Management, headed by the Ministry’s Deputy Chief Inspector Le Van Doan. The inspectors will look into the process of selecting contractors, assessing and making payments, looking for any possible wrongdoings and violation of law. Based on the results, the inspectors will make proposals to improve State management capacity and ensure the transparency of transport construction projects. The same day, Kwon Sang Kee, an executive in charge of the Southeast Asian branch of POSCO E&C, sent a document to the Vietnam Ministry of Transport and the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) in … [Read more...]

Launch of “One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day”

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The Ministry of Science and Technology, with the support of BSA I The Software Alliance launched the "One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day". The launch ceremony this morning welcomes representatives of Program 168 (the government inter-ministerial IPR Task Forces); international organizations and the media. In his opening remarks, Mr Tran Viet Thanh, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology ( MOST) said: "To improve public understanding of intellectual property laws in recognition, application, development and protection of IPRs; promote research and innovation, application of science and technology for increased productivity and socioeconomic development in Vietnam; make the entire society be well prepapred for TPP accession, one month truce (March 31 – April 30) is devoted for educational and training activities, which are followed by enhanced enforcement activities in May and months to come. "One month campaign commemorating … [Read more...]