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Uber seeks paperwork deadline extension

Released at: 09:01, 13/02/2015

Uber seeks paperwork deadline extension

Uber has sent some documents to MoT but needs further time to compete the task.

Uber has released information regarding it completing procedure to become a legal business entity in Vietnam.

On January 29 the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport (DoT) sent correspondence to nine Uber partners detailing an inspection regime to take place over subsequent weeks.

Uber then sent documents to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and the Ho Chi Minh City DoT seeking an extension of the deadline to complete all formalities.

Cars used in any Uber contract must have a signboard indicating it is a taxi, under stipulations from the DoT. Uber believed these would take three days or less to acquire but in fact it normally takes longer. Uber therefore requested the MoT give priority to its partners is the issuance of the signboards. Regarding stipulations in the Decree No.86 that cars must have a contract or a copied contract between customers and drivers, Uber said that paper contracts were unnecessary because its business is supported by information technology. Customers should be able to accept an e-contract detailing terms and conditions, an Uber spokesman said

On February 5, Deputy President of the Ho Chi Minh City People's committee Hua Ngoc Thuan asked all city departments to inspect and fine individuals and enterprises that are operating without proper paperwork.

Uber was also mentioned in a report from Ho Chi Minh City Police regarding security in the city. It stated that some drivers are using Uber's software to connect with customers in District 1.

Prior to that, the inspection agency of the Ho Chi Minh City DoT conducted inspections from November 28, 2014 to January 7, 2015. Nineteen breaches of transport regulations involving Uber cars were identified, with fines issued totaling $3,700 (VND79 million).

The agency then continued to inspect areas such as Tan Son Nhat Airport, Sai Gon Train Station and some roads in the city center, until January 16, with 17 more breaches detected and fines of $42,783 (VND91.3 million) issued.

Such breaches included not having a business registration certificate, carrying passengers without a company logo, carrying passengers without a contract, not having equipment to supervise the journey, and not having the company name and phone number affixed to car doors.

Minh Tuyet

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