Transport companies cut fees as fuel prices fall

A line of taxicabs parked on the roadside of Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Many taxi companies recently annouced fare cuts falling rapid declines in fuel prices this year. - VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

HA NOI (VNS) - Transport and taxi companies have moved to cut fees amid decreases in petrol and oil prices this year and complaints about their slow response. … [Read more...]

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New taxi app Uber frustrates government officials

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VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese management agencies are arguing about the legitimacy of the taxi app Uber in the country. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews October 26

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Enjoy your breakfast while reading these brief news items on the Vietnamese media:Business - The keel laying ceremony of Tam Dao 05- the country's largest self-elevated rig, which costs up to US$230 million, took place on Saturday in southern Vietnam's Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province. The rig's investor is Viet- Nga Vietsovpetro. - The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has instructed the city's Department of Planning and Architecture and Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to summarize the … [Read more...]

Vietnam reality shows rife with fights, dashed dreams

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Over recent years, Vietnam's show business has been overwhelmed with reality shows, which are characterized by fights and contestants' dashed dreams. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 4/3

Ministry of Construction defends controversial circular Deputy Minister of Construction has had to explain circular 16, which has been blamed for cheating home-buyers. At the press conference on February 28, deputy minister of Construction, Nguyen Tran Nam, denied the accusation from the NA's Juridical Committee, who said that their circular was not legitimate and might provide investors with loopholes to swindle customers. The circular provides for two different measures of an apartment: … [Read more...]

Capital city taking taxi drivers for a ride

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by Nguyen Thanh Ha Ha Noi has more than 17,000 taxi operating in the city and the parking area needed for them is about 10-15ha, but current acreage accounts for only 5-10 per cent of their total need, according to the Ha Noi Taxi Association. The Ha Noi department of Transport and Communications has proposed another 300 parking lots for about 3,200 taxis, compared with the 32 current parking lots with stopping times limited to 15 minutes. The initiative resulted from the fact that many … [Read more...]

Vietnam transport ministry moves to protect taxi passengers

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Inspectors from the Ministry of Transport check a taxi in Hanoi The Ministry of Transport has told authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to introduce measures to protect taxi passengers following recent reports of foreign tourists getting ripped off. Besides introducing protective measures, transport departments in Vietnam's two biggest cities have also been asked to tighten oversight by checking taxi companies' operations and throwing the book at violators, news website VnExpress … [Read more...]

Be careful with tricks of Hanoi’s taxi drivers!

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VietNamNet Bridge - In the last two weeks, in Hanoi, several cheating and overcharging incidents occurred against foreign visitors or people from other places to Hanoi. This situation has made many visitors worry.One more taxi driver fined for overcharging foreign tourists"I was also cheated by taxi drivers," says tourism official In early April, a taxi driver of Trung Viet Taxi was detected to install an additional chip to control the taxi meter. With this chip, if the car runs at the speed of … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Taxi driver sacked for fleecing Irish couple

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A Hanoi taxi firm has fined and sacked a cabbie who has been found guilty of overcharging an Irish couple, said its inspector. > Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km >> Scam cabbie fleeces and punches Japanese tourist >> Hanoi sets up taxi hotline for fleeced foreign tourists">> Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km >> Scam cabbie fleeces and punches Japanese tourist >> Hanoi sets up taxi hotline for fleeced foreign tourists" … [Read more...]

Cabbie returns overcharged money to foreigners

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A taxi driver of Thanh Nga Company who ripped off an Irish couple in Hanoi has returned the overcharged money to the couple and apologized to them. > Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km >> Scam cabbie fleeces and punches Japanese tourist">> Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km >> Scam cabbie fleeces and punches Japanese tourist" class="attachment-medium aligncenter" rel="lightbox" />>> Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km >> Scam … [Read more...]

Hanoi cabbie charges Irish man $23 for 2 km

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In the latest rip-off case, an Irish man complains that a taxi driver in Hanoi charged him VND480,000 (US$23) for a distance of just 2 kilometers. >> Scam cabbie fleeces and punches Japanese tourist>> Hanoi sets up taxi hotline for fleeced foreign tourists >> Hanoi looks ugly due to cheating taxis: official James Murtagh told Tuoi Tre that he and his wife took a taxi belonging to Thanh Nga Company to a restaurant at 69 Ma May Street in Hoan Kiem District on May 9 night. … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/4

Possible tax breaks cause concern for budget The government has proposed to the National Assembly to cut corporate income tax rates from 25% to 22%. The government made the proposal at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting on April 16. Earlier, it recommended a reduction to 23%. The current 25% tax rate is forecast to result in a reduction in the budget of VND1.43 trillion (USD68.1 million) this year. The tax of 25% has been imposed since 2008 following being slashed from 28%. The … [Read more...]

Police brutality on the rise

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The alleged shooting of a man by a plainclothes cop in the southern province of Dong Nai on Tuesday is the latest in a series of incidents involving excessive use of violence by the guardians of the law, some of which have been fatal. According to police in Bien Hoa Town, 32 kilometers to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Hoai Tan, 22, a local policeman in Neighborhood No. 5 of Long Binh Ward, shot a man in the thigh and abdomen during a skirmish involving the policeman and a group of … [Read more...]

How the poor celebrate Tet

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The needy families who have lived in cramped neighborhoods in downtown District 1 for several years can hardly afford good food, let alone decorations, for their Tet holidays. Poor peddlers "We can only afford 10 kg of rice and 2 kg of meat with some vegetables, at most, in good years," said 53-year-old Nguyen Thi Nga, who lives in the attic of a house on Pho Duc Chinh street. Nga confided that, though she is heavily in debt this year, she will try to afford a pot of thit kho (pork … [Read more...]

Party official’s wife arrested for assault suspected of murder

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The wife of a commune Party unit chief in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, arrested last Wednesday for allegedly slashing and severely injuring two creditors, is now a murder suspect in another case. Provincial police are investigating 38-year-old Le Thi Huong in the disappearance of Duong Thi Thuy Binh Ha, 51, chairperson of the Red Cross association and cashier of the Kim Long Commune People's Committee. Ha has not been heard from since May 14, 2012. Following Huong's arrest, rumors … [Read more...]

Foreigners want more effective crime hotline 

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While urging for more vigilant responses from police to complaints of noise and crime, foreigners also concur that they do not have major security problems in Ho Chi Minh City Foreign tourists stroll down a street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Many foreign expats concurred that although the city is relatively safe for foreigners, a more effective crime hotline is necessary for emergency situations, one which would elicit swift police action. An Indian expat was happily shooting pictures … [Read more...]

Wedding taxi dives into river, five people die

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A wedding taxi ran straight into a river in Hai Duong city on April 29. Only the driver quickly escaped from the car. Five others sunk into the river with the car. On April 29, driver Nguyen Van Ky, 38, carried five people, including four women and one man from Hai Phong city to Hai Duong province in a wedding ceremony. On the way back to Hai Phong, as the road was rough, the driver lost control and drove the car in to a river in Kim Thanh district, Hai Duong province. Only the driver quickly … [Read more...]