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Under-par taxis to lose licences in HCM City

Update: January, 19/2012 - 10:00

HCM CITY — The Ministry of Transport's Inspectorate on Tuesday asked the HCM City Department of Transport to revoke the licences of two companies that were inspected recently.

The companies, Minh Duc Taxi and Travel Transport Agent 2, were two of 14 taxi operators inspected in November. Thirty-two taxi companies are operating in the city.

Minh Duc Taxi, for example, was operating used vehicles that did not meet requirements for taxi services. In addition, drivers were being managed poorly.

The Inspectorate also banned three other taxi companies, Petrolimex, Happy and Festive Taxis, from operating at the Tan Son Nhat Airport. Inspections showed that they had overcharged customers and had committed other violations.

Happy Taxi, for instance, was allowing other taxis in nearby provinces to use its registered logos.

Violations committed by other companies included having no labour contracts with drivers and franchising taxi trademarks to drivers but failing to manage and punish drivers who committed violations.

Nguyen Xuan Hao, head of the Inspectorate, said management of drivers was poor as the companies had not signed labour contracts with them. The companies also had not created in-house regulations and penalties to manage drivers.

The Inspectorate asked the city's Department of Transport to strictly carry out the inspection's recommendations. The Inspectorate also asked that the HCM City People's Committee develop a taxi network zone and arrange public parking sites for taxi companies. To improve taxi services at the airport, the department should choose only four to five prestigious taxi firms to operate at Tan Son Nhat Airport instead of the current 11 taxi companies.

Duong Hong Thanh, deputy director of the department, said his department would revoke the licences of Minh Duc Taxi and Travel Transport Agent 2.

About 80 drivers employed by these two companies could apply to other taxi companies, if they qualified. — VNS

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