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Da Nang firms fail to cut transport fees

Update: February, 10/2015 - 09:26
All the city's 19 coach and bus companies, also made cuts of 2.3 per cent to 12 per cent, depending on the length of the route. — Photo danangz

HA NOI (VNS) – A joint team from the ministries of Finance and Transport found that four out of five randomly inspected transport companies in Da Nang City had not cut transport fees as legally required because of the sharp decline in fuel prices.

The team, which conducted the inspection between February 1 and 4, demanded the companies to cut their prices immediately, Vnmedia online newspaper reported.

Statistics show the city has 54 transport companies, all of which were supposed to make transport price cuts. Six of the companies were taxi companies, 16 inter-provincial coaches, three bus companies - and 30 container carriers.

The city's transport authority reported that by February 3, all six had slashed their fares on two occasions. The cuts ranged from three to 25 per cent of the fare, depending on the type of car and the distance covered - 600 metres or the ensuing distances.

All the city's 19 coach and bus companies, also made cuts of 2.3 per cent to 12 per cent, depending on the length of the route.

Likewise, 22 out of the 30 container companies reduced their fees from three to 21 per cent.

While in Da Nang, the inspection team visited Da Nang Bus Station, where 122 companies from the city and outside provinces operate services on 88 routes.

There, the inspection team found that many companies had already cut ticket prices.

Last year, buses running along 23 out of the 88 routes slashed ticket prices. This amounted to 50 of the total 122 bus companies.

So far this year, another 38 companies have made price cuts. This means that so far 82 out of the 122 companies (67 per cent) running their buses to the station have lowered their prices.

All of the city's 16 bus companies operating at the station have chopped ticket prices.

The inspection team has ordered the city's Department of Transport other transport departments in the provinces with buses operating at the station that have not lowered their prices to conform immediately.

The inspectors also instructed the city's departments of Transport and Finance to work together in identifying the companies that have failed to cut their prices as required by law as well as those that have failed to cut their prices sufficiently and publicise their names on the departments' websites as well as at the city's bus station.

Representatives of the Ministry of Transport told Vnmedia that the inspection was done to reinforce its earlier instruction of January 29 that requests all provincial departments of transport to inspect the declaration of price cuts by transport companies operating at local bus stations in their respective areas and to set up inspection teams to check for violations in price cut declaration rules. — VNS

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