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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Vietnam fines website for ‘offensive’ short film based on gruesome murder

A scene from the film based on the murder of six people in a family in southern Vietnam last month. Vietnam's culture ministry has fined a local website US$1,100 for posting a short film based on a recent high-profile murder of six people in a family in southern Vietnam, local media reported. Inspectors from the ministry said they found the film, "The Murder No.6," on the Hanoi-based video sharing website, which also posts many foreign films. They said experts from the ministry have watched the film and concluded that it is offensive and it "provokes violence." The film, made by a local singer and a group of comedians, has already upset many viewers. It tries to recreate in gory details the murder at a wealthy family in Binh Phuoc Province last month. The ministry has banned it. Tran Van Minh, deputy chief inspector at the ministry, said it is still investigating the people involved in the making of the film. As for the real murder case, police have arrested two men suspected … [Read more...]

Vietnam begins inspection of garment sector for compliance with labor laws

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Workers at a tailoring company in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has announced a major inspection of the garment industry to check for compliance of labor regulations. The inspection, supported by the International Labor Organization, would be carried out in 12 cities and provinces by October, the ministry said at the launch of the campaign in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday. It will focus on overtime work, salaries and allowances, safety equipment, emergency exits, electricity risks, work environment and plans and training for labor safety. Tran Ngoc Son, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said, "Earlier inspections found that most FDI enterprises follow relevant regulations while many others do not have safe working environment. "Common violations include lack of periodic medical check-ups for workers and lack of emergency exits." Phan Dang Tho, deputy chief … [Read more...]

Vietnam to carry out labour inspections in garment and textile sector

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The Hanoitimes - According to the information announced at a conference in HCM City on August 3, labour inspections will be deployed in 150 garment enterprises in 12 provinces and cities nationwide. Phan Dang Tho, Deputy Chief Inspector from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said, the national inspections aim to boost legal knowledge and law-abiding behaviours as well as to improve working conditions within the garment and textile sector. The inspections will focus on working time, salaries, labour safety and sanitation, and other working conditions. It also mobilises the greater involvement of employers and trade unions in the inspection campaign. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs plans to expand the campaign scope to other business sectors, Tho added. Garment and textile is Vietnam’s key export sector, accounting for 13.6% of the country’s overall export turnover and 10.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Mass inspections launched in garment and textile

Labour inspections are set to be carried out in 150 garment enterprises in 12 provinces and cities nationwide, heard a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 3. The inspections will focus on working time, salaries, labour safety and sanitation, and other working conditions. According to Phan Dang Tho, Deputy Chief Inspector from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the national inspections aim to boost legal knowledge and law-abiding behaviours as well as to improve working conditions within the garment and textile sector. It also mobilises the greater involvement of employers and trade unions in the inspection campaign. After reviewing the 2015 outcomes, the ministry intends to expand the campaign scope to other business sectors, Tho said. Garment and textile is Vietnam’s key export sector, accounting for 13.6 percent of the country’s overall export turnover and 10.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, 6,000 facilities are … [Read more...]

Transport inspector charged for taking bribes to disregard overloaded trucks

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Le Dinh Trong (2nd, R) is arrested for taking bribes from a transport company to let its overloaded trucks pass. Photo credit: VnExpress Prosecutors in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong Tuesday charged a senior transport inspector with taking bribes to allow overloaded trucks to operate. Le Dinh Trong, 40, was deputy chief inspector at the local transport department in 2013 when he took bribes from a Ho Chi Minh City company to allow its overloaded trucks in the province. Investigators found that 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 it was the "first violation" by the company. It is not known if Trong released the vehicles after taking money, but the company then offered payment for his protection. Police found Nguyen Trong Toan, an employee of the company, had transferred VND40 million (US$1,830) to Trong’s bank … [Read more...]

Former Deputy Chief Inspector prosecuted for bribery

Former Deputy Chief Inspector of the Dak Nong Province's Department of Transport, Le Dinh Trong (in black), has been prosecuted for bribery. — Photo nld.com.vn

Twenty nine cases of corruption discoveredRecovering embezzled funds sends a strong signal to corrupt officialsVN seeks Singapore's help on anti-corruption DAK NONG (VNS) — The People's Procuracy of the Tay Nguyen (Central Highland) Province of Dak Nong has prosecuted Le Dinh Trong, the former Deputy Chief Inspector of the provincial Department of Transport, for bribery. According to the procuracy's indictment, the inspection team led by Trong had confiscated four containers from the Hiep Toan Limited Company in HCM City because of overloading in early 2013. However, after four days, they were released without penalty because this was their first offense. Trong demanded a bribe of VND20 million (US$920) from Nguyen Trong Toan, an employee of Hiep Toan Limited Company, in exchange for ignoring the load limits on their vehicles. From May to October 2014, 200 overloaded containers traveled from Dak Nong to HCM City and vice versa, but Trong did not fine them. Toan was also … [Read more...]

Korean firm among 2 caught using pirated software

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Two more companies, one each in HCM City and Ha Noi, have been found using unlicensed software, authorities alleged on Monday following a raid. Inspectors from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Hi-tech Crime Police Department said they found Binh Hoa Electronic Joint Stock Company (Viettronics) on No Trang Long Street, HCM City, using 62 illegal applications on 38 computers. There was also some legal software in use. Without going into details, the officials said most of the illegal applications were pirated versions of Microsoft, Autodesk and Adobe products. The other company is South Korean-owned Miwon Viet Nam Company. The company's branch in the capital's Cau Giay District, had 38 computers with a large number of unlicensed software, they said. A Miwon Viet Nam representative signed a statement confessing to infringement of intellectual property rights. Tran Van Minh, deputy chief inspector at the ministry, said the violations of the IPR laws pertaining to … [Read more...]

Use of Licensed Software Is Essensial for Continued Viability of Businesses

As part of efforts to strengthen intellectual property right (IPR) protection following the "World IPR Day Action Month", interagency inspectors have continued their software raids against companies suspected of using unlicensed software. Software is being seen as one of the IPR sectors most severely encroached upon. In that context, recent searches conducted at a Korean company and a Vietnamese firm further delivered warnings to those who stubbornly continue to flout the rules. Information from the inspectors indicate that an electornics company in Ho Chi Minh City recently was orchestrated by the cross-department inspectors, representing the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Culture-Sports &Tourism and the Hi-tech Crime Police Department – C50 (Ministry of Public Security). A scrutiny of 38 computers being used at the company for business purposes revealed, apart from some licensed software, 62 illegal applications, mostly popular office software programs including … [Read more...]

Ministries seek answers to domain-name fights

HCM CITY (VNS) — A circular jointly issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communications is necessary to regulate domain name registrations tightly, a conference was told. Participants at the conference, held in HCM City this week, said the circular should not stipulate tough conditions for companies, such as presenting certificates of recognition for famous brands, when there were no regulations on such recognition. Domain names on the Internet have become one of the important tools by which companies and the source or origin of products and services can be identified. However, many organisations and individuals have registered domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to those of patented brands, trademarks and geographical indications belonging to other organisations and individuals. Le Thanh Binh, head of the legal department at Vinamilk, said it was a regulatory requirement for companies to show certificates of … [Read more...]

Calls to solve conflicts over domain names

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A circular jointly issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communications is necessary to regulate domain name registrations tightly, a conference was told. Participants in the conference, held in HCM City on July 21, said the circular should not stipulate difficult conditions for companies, such as presenting certificates of recognition for famous brands, when there were no regulations on such recognition. Domain names on the Internet have become one of the important tools by which companies and the source or origin of products and services can be identified. However, many organisations and individuals have registered domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to those of patented brands, trademarks and geographical indications belonging to other organisations and individuals. Le Thanh Binh, head of the legal department at Vinamilk, said it was a regulatory requirement for companies to show certificates of recognition for … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s senior government inspector arrested for alleged fraud

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The Government Inspectorate holds a press briefing to announce the arrest of its employee on July 23, 2015. Photo: Thai Son The Government Inspectorate confirmed in a press briefing Thursday that one of its inspectors was arrested earlier this month for alleged fraud. Ngo Van Khanh, deputy chief inspector, said Nguyen Tien Dung, 35, was arrested by Hanoi police at a coffee shop on July 7. According to a Thanh Nien source, Dung was arrested along with another man while they were receiving VND100 million (US$4,584) from a Hanoi resident. Khanh told the press the arrest had nothing to do with Dung’s professional work. However, the Government Inspectorate suspended him as soon as it was informed of the arrest, he said. "It was a bitter lesson for us in terms of staff training," he said. … [Read more...]

Brutal animal killing festivals to be eliminated in Vietnam: minister

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Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has recently confirmed the elimination of brutal festivals in which animals are killed cruelly as a sacrifice to God. "As the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and a National Assembly deputy, I confirm that the barbaric animal sacrifice rituals in festivals, such as the pig slaughter festival in northern Bac Ninh Province or the buffalo killing fest in Phu Tho Province in the northeastern region, must definitely be terminated and disposed of," the minister said at a conference on reviewing the festival management during the first six months of the year held in Hanoi early this month. "Bloody images of slaughtered pigs or buffaloes with heads being beaten to death are truly offensive and need to be removed," he stated, adding that such images have met with strong criticism from the public. "Though the killing scenes take place at some villages’ fests, the whole world has learned about them thanks to … [Read more...]