After suspending eight taxi firms in Hanoi and HCM City in late 2011, the Ministry of Transport will continue inspecting the remaining taxi firms in both cities in 2012.
The Ministry’s chief inspector Nguyen Xuan Hao told the press on January 9, that after investigating 12 cab companies in Hanoi, the Ministry suspended six firms, namely Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, Taxi 14 and Taxi BG.
According to Hao, Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, and Taxi BG did not have transport business license, business plans and management machinery. They also used untrained drivers and did not register fare list and service quality with the Hanoi Department of Transport.
The official said that the Ministry of Transport would continue inspecting the remaining taxi companies in Hanoi and HCM City because “the firms that are not inspected are even worse than the inspected ones.”
“Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has instructed to strictly control taxi services. Poor taxi services have affected the image of Hanoi and Hanoi’s tourism. This situation must stop,” Hao emphasized.
Hao said that if any taxi is detected to have electric chips, the entire taxi firm will be suspended. The Ministry of Transport will also propose to raise penalty on taxi drivers who break the rule because it is unfair that a taxi driver in HCM City was only fined VND1.5 million ($70) for beating a foreign tourist, he added.
Nguyen Hoang Linh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Transport, said that inspection is periodical task. Any taxi firm that is detected to have problems will be inspected, Linh said.
Taxi companies which have only several cars will be closed, he said.
Earlier, after one month of inspection, the Ministry of Transport suspended six taxi firms in Hanoi, two in HCM City and banned three firms - Petrolimex, Festival and Happy - from operating at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport.
Of 12 taxi companies that were checked in Hanoi, Thanh Nga Taxi is the largest one, with 622 cars, 736 drivers, followed by Hanoi Taxi with 610 cars, 1,030 drivers, Ba Sao Taxi with 431 cars, 635 drivers, ABC Taxi with 403 cars, 492 drivers, Noi Bai Taxi with 250 cars, 386 drivers, Taxi 123 with 117 cars, 175 drivers, BG Taxi with 54 cars, 25 drivers, Taxi 14 with 29 cars, 54 drivers, Hong Hung and Phu Gia with 14 cars; Le Gia with 8 cars and Mua Xuan with only five cars.
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