HA NOI (VNS) — Local transport companies must send medical check-up reports for coach and taxi drivers to the Ha Noi Transport Department before April 30.
The move follows a recent order issued by the department to improve the quality of public transport. Companies have been asked to work with health centres in the districts where they are located to quickly conduct the check-ups.
Chairman of the Ha Noi Automobile Transport Association Bui Danh Lien said that medical centres would face severe fines if any driver was found using drugs and still received a certificate.
Dao Minh Tuan, deputy director of Mai Linh Taxi, told Kinh Te Do Thi (Economic & Urban Newspaper) that most of the company's 4,000 drivers had valid medical certificates, so the company would send reports to the department as ordered.
However, Nguyen Hong Minh, director of Nguyen Minh Taxi Company, said that 40 days was not long enough for transport companies to carry out the instructions.
Deputy director of the department Nguyen Hoang Linh said the transport department would request that the health department mobilise more staff and medical facilities in districts where many transport companies were located.
Random inspections would be conducted and transport companies would have to end labour contracts with drivers if they were discovered using drugs, he added.
The city has more than 3,000 companies offering bus and taxi services. — VNS