​Dishonest GrabBike drivers prey on passengers at Ho Chi Minh City bus station

A probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has disclosed the operation of a group of unscrupulous GrabBike drivers at a major bus station in Ho Chi Minh City. The paper’s correspondents came to the Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station in Binh Thanh District on the early mornings of February 20 and 21 to investigate the situation. Despite a large number of drivers in GrabBike uniform at three gates of the venue, passengers still encountered immense difficulty as they tried to book a ride. At around 3:00 am on February 20, a reporter booked a journey from the bus station to Tuoi Tre headquarters in Phu Nhuan District. While the regular fare is only VND20,000 (US$0.88), the price at that time was VND65,000 ($2.86) due to “high demand.” Upon the journalist agreeing to the cost, no driver was found. The journalist had to retry the process for a dozen times before eventually finding himself a driver. As the Grab application was showing, the driver was Hoang Dinh Tan, who rode a Yamaha Sirius with license plate number 63P1-04.896. However, Tan did not contact his passenger, forcing the customer to call him instead. The driver did not answer the call, repeatedly, before sending a text message saying, “I have picked up another passenger as I was unable to reach you.” After spotting multiple GrabBike drivers with their signature green jackets, the reporter approached one and sought for help. The driver, around 30, said he would help book a ride with his phone, before stating… [Read full story]

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