VINASUN CABBIES SEEK PERMISSION
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.