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City officials warn against coach services' unfair competition

Update: May, 07/2015 - 14:59
Unfair competition among coach services on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong route has increased sharply in recent times. — Photo baogiaothong.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Unfair competition among coach services on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong route has increased sharply in recent times.

Deputy Head of Hai Phong City's Investigation Police Col Le Hong Thang said at a meeting, held by the transport ministry with relevant agencies on unfair competition between transport firms on Highway 5, that competitiveness was rising.

The low passenger numbers on this route and large number of available coaches are being blamed for the unfair competition here.

Deputy Director of Hai Phong's Transport Department Nguyen Duc Tho said passenger occupancy was just 42 per cent of the coach service capacity, comprising 225 cars in 16 transport units.

With such few passengers, conflict was bound to happen, Tho said.

Some drivers were injured during a fight to get customers, while other also received threats, Tho said.

In some cases, drivers were requested to drive slowly to let other cars catch up, to help them get more passengers.

With disorderly transportation services and picking up of passengers on this and several other routes, Deputy Head of the Traffic Police Department of the Public Security Ministry Col Luu Thanh Hiep said the management of traffic order and safety was not strict.

Agreeing with this view, Tran Van Truong, an inspector from the transport ministry, said some transport units have not managed to tightly monitor their operations and drivers.

To deal with this problem, Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Quang said transport departments should inspect the operations of all transport firms that show signs of unfair competition and that business licences should be temporarily revoked where necessary.

He also requested the departments to resolve this issue within one month to ensure order and traffic safety on this route. — VNS


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