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The Road Bill adds technology taxis

According to the Road Bill, current transport business cars such as Grab, Be… will be classified as taxis, subject to constraints on age and driving standards.

The Ministry of Transport has just completed the draft Road Law, which is inherited from the 2008 Road Traffic Law. According to the current law, road passenger transport has 5 types including fixed route passenger transport, taxi, buses, contract vehicles and travel.

In the new draft, the Ministry of Transport proposes to stipulate that taxis are a type of passenger transport business using passenger cars. Taxis can charge fare through meters or software that connects passengers via electronic means. Thus, current transport business cars such as Grab, Be… will be classified as taxis.

Organizations and individuals providing software services to support transport connection by car must have a business license; record the customer’s assessment of the service quality of the driver; Store transactions for at least 2 years…

This content received the agreement of many transport enterprises. According to Mr. Nguyen Cong Hung, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Automobile Transport Association, in terms of characteristics and nature of business, e-contract vehicles with less than 9 seats are taxis, which need to be managed like taxis, so they should not be created as taxis. New form of transport. This content included in the Road Law will be consistent with the previous Decree 10 which contained this provision.

Previously, taxi businesses suffered from inequality in terms of business conditions with electronic contract vehicles of less than 9 seats. Grab, Be… cars are not bound by age, driving standards and have to list prices like taxis.

Taxis can charge via meter or software.  Photo: Giang Huy

Taxis can charge via meter or software. Photo: Giang Huy

The draft Road Law also adds regulations on the type of school bus. These vehicles must ensure technical safety and environmental protection standards, with a lifespan of not more than 15 years, with warning lights or registered paint colors for identification.

When transporting primary and preschool students, the educational institution must arrange at least one manager on the vehicle to supervise the students during the trip. For vehicles with more than 24 seats, a minimum of two managers is required per car.

With vehicle rental service, business units are only allowed to rent cars, motorbikes, two-wheeled motorbikes, and three-wheeled motorbikes when the lessee has an appropriate driving license. Rental cars must be equipped with cruise monitoring and data transmission equipment.

Mr. Nguyen Van Quyen, Chairman of the Vietnam Automobile Transport Association, said that some businesses are still wondering about the mandatory installation of trip monitoring devices with internal corporate vehicles, school buses, and public transport vehicles. contract car. He himself also believes that this device should only be installed with transport business vehicles on long distances to avoid fees and costs for businesses.

“I propose regulations that transport business units must have paint colors and business logos to facilitate recognition by passengers and state management agencies,” he said.

At the 10th session, the XIV National Assembly (November 2020), the National Assembly voted and agreed not to separate the Road Traffic Law into two laws, namely the Road Traffic Law (amended) and the draft Law on Security. ensure road traffic order and safety for the drafting agency to continue to study and transfer to the 15th National Assembly for consideration.

Recently, the Government has asked the National Assembly to include the draft Road Law in the plan to develop laws and ordinances in 2022; considered for comments at the third meeting, opening in May.

Doan Loan

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