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Calls for Uber to be banned

Released at: 16:42, 05/12/2014

Calls for Uber to be banned

Hanoi Transport Association claims taxi service creates unfair competition in the industry.

by Minh Tuyet

Hanoi Transport Association sent a document to the Ministry of Transport on December 4 recommending the Uber taxi service be prohibited in a concern about unfair competition in the taxi industry.

In the document, Mr. Nguyen Anh Quan, Vice President of the Association, pointed out that Uber is not a transportation business unit. It connected drivers with customers, but is not managed by Vietnamese law on road traffic or transport. 

Moreover, Uber taxis don’t carry any signage, which regular taxis are required to do, he complained. And as it doesn’t pay tax, Uber taxi creates unfair competition for legal taxis.

Customer rights were also not guaranteed, because Uber is not subject to any management authority.

Nevertheless, at a workshop on December 2 the Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said that Uber should be allowed to provide taxi services; a view supported by Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh, Chairman of the Vietnam Automobile Transport Association. Mr. Thanh said that the Ministry of Transport should ask Uber to apply for a business registration certificate and the service should be accepted, as it is in the rest of the world.

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