HA NOI — All taxi companies in Ha Noi would be evaluated during a three-week inspection from next Tuesday and those found to have violated regulations would have their operational licence revoked, said deputy director of the city's Transport Department Nguyen Hoang Linh yesterday.
Previous inspections had been small in scale, with only 10-12 of the city's more than 110 taxi companies participating, he said. This time, all companies would be subject to an evaluation of their operational and management mechanisms, vehicles and drivers.
To boost the effectiveness of the inspection, the department planned to seek co-operation from residents by asking them to take photos of any violations they observed, such as illegal parking, running red lights, exceeding speed limits, or cheating passengers, he said.
The violators would be subject to the appropriate administrative punishment, and serious cases could result in revocation of operational licences, he said.
So far, only six taxi companies, including Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, 14 and BG, have been suspended from operations since last year for their lack of management mechanisms.
Nguyen Hoang Giap, chief inspector of the department said the number of suspensions failed to reflect the real situation. Punishment measures were not strict enough, so the violations continued, he said.
The most common violations included illegal parking, illegal turns and cheating passengers, he said. Many taxi companies failed to list their prices or register the exact number of vehicles they had in operation.
Trinh Viet Long, a driver for Van An Taxi Company, said passengers often asked drivers to stop in any place they wanted, regardless of legality. If the drivers refused to stop, they would be blamed for cheating passengers by taking longer journeys than necessary.
Taxis could only fully obey the law when passengers changed their expectations, he said.
Linh said the department was also encouraging taxi companies to boost education and management measures for their drivers so that they could voluntarily obey the traffic law and respect their passengers. — VNS