|To deal with the problems, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said transport departments should revoke business licences if necessary. — Photo vov
HA NOI (VNS) — Cut-throat competition has developed between coach services on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong route.
Deputy Head of Hai Phong City's Investigation Police, Colonel Le Hong Thang, said this at a meeting between the transport ministry and agencies.
He said the route had become known for large numbers of buses and few customers.
Deputy Director of Hai Phong's Transport Department, Nguyen Duc Tho, said seat occupancy was about 42 per cent of capacity.
"With such few passengers, conflicts are bound to happen," Tho said.
Some drivers had even been injured during fights over customers, while others had been threatened.
In some cases, they drive slowly to try and get more passengers.
In addition, many transport firms and drivers do not follow bus station regulations.
And, Tho added, some buses create their own routes and schedules.
An official from Luong Yen Bus Station said sometimes co-drivers became involved in arguments with station managers over routes and services.
Deputy Head of the Traffic Police Department, Colonel Luu Thanh Hiep, said the management of buses was not strict.
Tran Van Truong, an inspector from the transport ministry, agreed that some operators did not tightly manage drivers.
To deal with the problems, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said transport departments should revoke business licences if necessary.
He also told departments to solve the issue within a month. He also told them to set up hotlines to receive any complaints from passengers.
The Government's new transport policies will be introduced next month. — VNS