10,000

VINASUN CAB­BIES SEEK PER­MIS­SION

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for a rally against Uber and Grab in Viet­nam. With tech-based driv­ers rapidly eat­ing away at mar­ket shares con­trolled by tra­di­tional taxi com­pa­nies, more than 4,200 Vinasun driv­ers felt they had been left with no other op­tion but leave their job in the first quar­ter of this year alone, the com­pany said in a pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted to the cen­tral govern­ment. Con­ven­tional taxi firms can by no means com­pete with ride-hail­ing ser­vices in terms of fares, as the for­mer nor­mally buy cars them­selves while the lat­ter uti­lize pri­vate ve­hi­cles owned by the driv­ers or those hir­ing them. Vinasun has com­plained that these tech-based ser­vices op­er­ate with­out fol­low­ing strict rules im­posed on tra­di­tional taxis. The Viet­namese com­pany as­serted that Uber and Grab have man­aged to avoid pay­ing taxes and other fees. The taxi op­er­a­tor also de­cried Uber and Grab’s abil­ity to launch pro­mo­tional cam­paigns and of­fer dis­counts with­out be­ing re­quired to first seek per­mis­sion from com­pe­tent agen­cies. Vinasun said it is will­ing to face com­pe­ti­tion, but the game must be fair for all sides.

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