|A taxi cab is under a registration process in Ha Noi. — Photo noibaitaxi.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The new regulation on reducing the time for taxi registrations has raised a virtual hornet's nest among taxi association members and businesses.
The regulation requires taxi companies to have their vehicles registered every 18 months for the first time and six months for the second time instead of two years and one year, respectively.
The Circular 70, which was stipulated by the Ministry of Transport and took effect since early this year, has doubled the time of registrations of taxi cabs nationwide. However, the taxi associations and taxi businesses in Ha Noi and HCM City have claimed it is costly, wastes time and could cause a hike in fares.
Do Quoc Binh, chairman of HCM City Taxi Association, said that there were no reasons to reduce the required time of registration as traffic infrastructure, especially roads, have improved and many automobile manufacturers have increased the maintenance time from two years to three years.
The regulation would require taxi businesses to have their vehicle registered twice a year, which would cost money and be a waste of time, he added.
Ta Long Hy, chairman of Ha Noi Taxi Association concurred, saying that the increasing cost for registration would make it difficult to keep fares down.
Ho Quoc Phi, secretariat of Mai Linh Corporation said that the regulation would increase the cost and impact consumers through a fare hike.
Meanwhile, the longevity of taxi cabs in big cities such as Ha Noi and HCM City has been reduced to not more than eight years from the year of manufacture.
Nguyen Huu Tri, deputy director of the Vietnam Registration said that the Circular 70 was established based on the fact that up to 15 per cent of taxi cabs failed to get themselves registered. In his opinion, the reduction in registration time was inevitable.
A survey of some taxi firms in Ha Noi and HCM City showed that a taxi cab ran about 5,000 kilometres a month on an average, which is five to six times higher compared to private cars.
"The management of vehicle quality is based on the number of kilometres a car runs, rather than the duration," he said.
However, he said, the Vietnam Registration would collect opinions and forward them to the ministry, which would take the final decision. — VNS