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Friday, August 18, 2017

Uber and Grab taxis to be under legal control

Updated: 10:16’ - 14/04/2016
Automobiles offering taxi services through the application of e-software, such as Uber and Grab taxis, would have to put a light box “TAXI E” (electronic taxi) on their roof, according to a draft decree prepared by the Ministry of Transport.

Uber and Grab taxis would have to put a light box "TAXI E" on their roof__Photo: Internet

Under the draft, expected to replace Decree 86 issued in 2014,  taxis using e-software applications connected to e-devices of passengers would have to provide passengers with e-invoices, indicating the name of the taxi business, plate number, places of departure and destination, distance, the times of starting and ending the trip, and fare.

E-software applied by these taxis must be registered with state management agencies. Later, functional bodies would conduct inspection and examination and handle violations, if any, according to the drafter.

The people’s interests would be placed in the center, the drafter said, adding people may select suitable services. So, placing such new kinds of taxi under management is expected to create an equal and healthy competitive business environment for all enterprises to develop.

Pham Duy Kinh, a representative of the VIC Taxi Group, said conventional taxis were subject to a raft of legal provisions while Uber and Grab taxis were operating freely, even without control of tax bodies, thus causing disorder in the market and making conventional taxi businesses unequally compete.

According to experts, though offering cheep fares and convenience for customers, Uber and Grab taxis show legal problems in the domestic market. Therefore, they should be put under strict control so as to ensure fair competition and guarantee interests and safety for customers.- (VLLF)
 

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