VietNamNet Bridge – The Hanoi Department of Transport confirmed that the number of taxis in the city is still within the plan, but the current number is much more than that of personal vehicles. Mr. Dao Viet Long, from the Hanoi Department of Transportation, said Hanoi had created a scheme on the taxi business, which specifies a certain number of taxis to be licenced each year. Based on the scheme, last year the number of licensed taxis in Hanoi is 20,000. The number will be 25,000 vehicles in 2020. However, as the new forms of taxis have appeared in Vietnam (Uber and Grab), which do not need taxi logos, the number of cars with fewer than nine seats registered for transport services soared recently. By the end of June 2016, more than 4,000 cars of this type registered for transport services in the form of contracts, but in fact they were used as taxis without logos. The Hanoi Department of Transportation has recently limited the number of taxis. However, transport firms in … [Read more...] about Taxis causing more traffic jams in Hanoi
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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has given Grab taxi the green light on drafting a plan on allowing Grab taxi to ‘utilize technology to support the connection and management in passenger transport’ in a pilot program. The taxi associations in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City, the three largest cities in Vietnam, all said they have lodged complaints to MOT, proposing to amend the draft document. Ta Long Hy, chair of the HCM City Taxi Association, said that while the Prime Minister, in a dispatch to MOT, assigned the ministry, not any specified business, to implement the plan on utilizing technology to support the connection and management in passenger transport, the MOT’s document specified ‘Grab Taxi Company Ltd’. The company would be allowed to do this on a trial basis in Hanoi, Da Nang, HCM City, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ninh. The taxi association fears this will create a monopoly and lack of fairness among transport … [Read more...] about Grab taxi gets go-ahead, taxi associations oppose move
While Uber, an American taxi app service that offers low fares, expensive vehicles and gives passengers the feeling of riding in their own lavish cars, has recently launched its service in Hanoi, it has met with dubiety and protest from taxi operators, relevant agencies and clients in Ho Chi Minh City regarding its legitimacy, competition and clients' safety. … [Read more...] about Is Uber taxi service in Vietnam illegal?
App-based taxi services Uber and Grab have been banned from 13 streets in Hanoi during certain peak hours from today, January 11. Following the instruction of the municipal Department of Transport, signs prohibiting cars with less than nine seats and operating as paid passenger transport vehicles, including Uber and Grab, have been erected on 13 local streets at from 6:00 am to 9 am from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day. Signs prohibiting Uber and Grab erected on 13 streets in Hanoi near hose banning traditional taxi The streets include Hoang Hoa Tham, Mai Xuan Thuong, Giang Vo, Lang Ha, Le Van Luong, Truong Chinh, Kham Thien, Hang Bai, Phu Doan, Cau Giay, Xuan Thuy, Giai Phong and the Chuong Duong Bridge with direction towards to the city centre. Taxi firms have already been banned to travel on these streets at the specified time. According to the department, any street which bans traditional taxi will also be applied to app-based taxi services. Regarding two the … [Read more...] about Hanoi bans Uber, Grab on many streets at peak hours
The Ministry of Transport has submitted the draft of a new circular that includes regulations for passenger transport (by car) through software such as Uber and Grab. Uber and Grab will be under strict management (Photo vietnamnet.vn) “Adjustments in the new circular would like to balance the management of passenger transport with electronic contracts through software such as Uber and Grab and traditional taxis as well as to be appropriate with the demands of practical management,” Minister Nguyen Van The told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.The new circular will request transport companies to meet 10 conditions, including: having a business licence or business registered certification to do electronic business and having certification from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) confirming that applicants have completed registration (both Uber and Grab haven’t met this requirement yet).Importantly, software providers must sign contracts to provide software … [Read more...] about Uber, Grab under tighter supervision