More buses to run on National Day

Le Nguyen Ngoc Quynh of Vinasun Corp said the Vinasun App can be installed in iOs-, Android- and Windows-based devices. Once a passenger uses the app to book a taxi and enter the place of departure and destination, the company will send the nearest taxi to the user's location as well as provide him/her with information related to planned route, estimated fare, cab’s number, cabbie’s number, name and photos. In case passengers call taxi operators instead of using the app, Vinasun’s system will send an SMS with similar information to them. “If a passenger leaves some belongings in a taxi, he or she can easily get it back because all information related to the taxi and its driver is saved in the app and in the company’s system,” Quynh said. “Passengers could also ensure that the cabbie doesn’t drive around to increase fare.” After the trip, passengers can also evaluate taxi service via the new app. Vinasun accepts payment via Visa, Master, ATM and Vinasun cards, coupon and cash. The company will later launch the app in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ba Ria Vung Tau.... [read more]

More buses to run on National Day

According to the National Committee for Traffic Safety, a total of 32 traffic road accidents occurred on January 2, claiming 23 lives and injuring 23 others. Railway accidents claimed two lives also. Accordingly in the first three days of the New Year, 93 road and railway accidents nationwide reported, killing 79 people and injuring 54 others. No river accident was recorded.Nguyen Trong Thai from the committee said that the traffic order in the holidays this year has seen stable without big accidents for passenger coach and congestions.However, still, some people took advantaged of the holiday to increase fare price, overloaded bus and gridlocks in some major street gates into Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.... [read more]

Airlines pledge not to hike fares By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Two largest airlines of Vietnam have confirmed that they will not increase fares for their domestic flights now to share difficulties with passengers in the current tough time and support the Government's stimulus program. "Vietnam Airlines has a policy to maintain fares at the existing levels to stand by passengers in the tough time now and support the Government's stimulus program," said Pham Ngoc Minh, general director of Vietnam Airlines. Minh said the national flag air carrier did not plan to adjust fares as the world's oil prices had not changed much over the past months and the Government had cut fuel tariff to 25% from 40%. Minh added that Vietnam Airlines would add flights on the most popular domestic routes on April and May Day to meet the surging demand for air travel during these public holidays. Circular 103/2008/TTLT/BTC-BGTVT jointly issued by the ministries of Finance and Transport on November 12, 2008 allows airlines to decide their fares on the domestic routes that are exploited by two airlines or more. The circular says that airlines propose their own fares for the domestic flights. It also clarifies that the Ministry of Finance controls the fares of the flights on the domestic routes operated by only one airline. Jetstar Pacific was the first domestic airline to propose some 26 types of JetFlex and JetSaver fares applicable to its domestic routes. The levels vary from VND100,000…... [read more]

Most transport, taxi companies keep fares unchanged By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Most coach and taxi companies in HCMC reported on Tuesday that they would keep fares unchanged though the cost of petrol went up again last Wednesday. Thua told the Daily that the station's carriers did not want to raise fares mostly because they wanted to maintain passenger quantity during the low season. Several taxi companies in the city did not raise fares though petrol since last Wednesday has been raised from VND12,500 to VND13,500 per liter and diesel oil increased from VND11,000 to 11,500 per liter, according to the HCMC Taxi Association. Ta Long Hy, chairman of the city's taxi association and director of VinaSun Taxi Company, told the Daily on Tuesday that the city had 22 taxi companies but most of them had announced that they did not plan to raise fares, except VinaSun Taxi and Mai Linh Taxi which both registered to raise fares by VND500 per kilometer on Monday. The city's two largest taxi companies increased fares on four-seat taxis to VND11,000 per kilometer and on seven-seat taxis to VND10,500 per kilometer, Hy said. "It will take 5 to 7 days to complete the adjustments of the meters inside the vehicles of VinaSun Taxi," he added. According to the association, the city's taxi fleet is 7,000 cars including 2,500 of VinaSun and 2,000 of Mai Linh Taxi. As observed by the Daily on Tuesday, smaller taxi companies such as Hoan…... [read more]

Coach fares for National Day holiday up 30-40% Le Anh By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Coach operators have registered to increase fares by 30-40% for long trips to and from HCMC during the National Day holiday on September 2. They said they will adjust up ticket prices by 30% for the routes from Mien Dong Coach Station to Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Binh Dinh provinces, and the Central Highlands region from August 29 to 31. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of Mien Dong Station Co. Ltd., said transport firms are allowed to raise ticket prices for holiday services by a maximum of 30% compared to normal days. They are required to submit their fare adjustment plans to authorities and list new fares on the quotation board at the station in Binh Thanh District. However, Kieu Nam Thanh, general director of Mien Tay Station Joint Stock Company, said coach operators will likely hike fares by up to 40% for the trips from this station to the Mekong Delta during the holiday to offset the cost of taking their almost empty coaches back to the city before the holiday. The companies said fares for the coaches departing from the largest coach stations in the city during the upcoming holiday will increase at the same rates compared to the year-earlier period. Hai said people will have four days off for this year’s National Day holiday and forecast the busiest days for coaches…... [read more]

Tet coach fares to go up 20-60% Le Anh and Manh Tung By Le Anh and Manh Tung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Coach operators will be allowed to increase fares by 20-60% for the trips departing from HCMC several days before the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet), according to the city’s Department of Transport. As most passengers buy tickets for the trips from HCMC to their hometowns before Tet, transport enterprises can increase ticket prices to offset losses from their return trips whose seating occupancy is often very low, Pham Dinh Duc, head of the Road Transport Management Division of the department, told a meeting with coach operators in the city last week. But the Tet fares are 7-20% lower than last Tet as a result of sharp decreases in fuel prices this year. Apart from passenger coaches registered for operation at stations in the city, transport firms can rent more vehicles to meet surging pre-Tet travel demand. The department also pledged to arrange sufficient vehicles for all people wishing to return home for family reunion one day before the biggest holiday of the country, which begins on February 19. After sharp fuel prices last Wednesday, with RON92 petrol down by VND1,900 per liter to VND15,670 per liter, many transport firms in HCMC said they could not revise down fares further as they had already made price adjustments during the New Year holiday. Hoang Duy Kha, chairman of Dong Bac Transport Cooperative, which operates coaches on the…... [read more]

Coach operators to hike holiday fares Le Anh By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Coach operators at Mien Dong Coach Station in HCMC have got approval to raise fares by up to 40% compared to normal days during the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day holiday. The strong fare rise is to help coach operators offset losses from the trips back to HCMC as their seating occupancy is low. People will have six straight days off as the Government decided to combine the upcoming break with the holiday of Hung Kings’ Death Anniversary holiday falling on April 28. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of Mien Dong Coach Station, said travel demand is predicted to rise by 3% during the holidays over the same period last year, particularly short routes and those leading to amusement parks. The station forecast a strong increase in passengers from April 27 to 30. Therefore, coach operators will increase fares by 30% for the trips to Ba Ria-Vung Tau and up to 40% for the longer trips to the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai, the central localities of Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan and Danang and the Central Highlands provinces between April 25 and 29. Meanwhile, coach operators at Mien Tay Coach Station want to hike fares by around 40% during the upcoming holidays but competent agencies have not approved this rise. To meet rising demand during the holidays, Saigon Railway Station will operate ten more…... [read more]

Taxi fares hiked in city Le Anh By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Some taxi firms in HCMC started to increase fares last Friday following the May 5 fuel price hike. Vinasun has raised fares by VND400-500 per kilometer depending on types of cabs. The fare for five-seat cabs starts at VND11,000 for the first 666 meters and for a journey of 30 kilometers or shorter, the subsequent fare is VND15,500 per kilometer, and VND12,400 for a journey of over 30 kilometers. With eight-seat cars, the starting fare is the same but it is VND16,500 per kilometer for trips of 30 kilometers or shorter and VND14,400 for the 31st kilometer onwards. Meanwhile, the starting fare for new eight-seat cars is VND12,000 for the first 685 meters, and after that the fare is VND17,500 per kilometer for distances of 30 kilometers of shorter and VND15,400 from the 31st kilometer onwards. Other taxi firms are planning to adjust up their fares as higher fuel costs are eating into their profits. According to Ta Long Hy, chairman of the HCMC Taxi Association, the latest fuel price spike, plus the previous rises this year, has compelled taxi firms to adjust fares up by VND1,000 per kilometer to offset lost revenues. However, to stabilize the market, the association has requested its members to revise up fares by only VND500 per kilometer, Hy told the Daily. He noted it often took some time to revise fares following each fuel price adjustment as…... [read more]

Transport firms must await approval to raise fares By Minh Tam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The HCMC Finance Department has warned transport enterprises including operators of taxicabs, goods trucks and passenger coaches not to increase fares and charges until they finish necessary procedures. Nguyen Quoc Chien, head of the price unit in the department, told the Daily via telephone that nearly 40 transport firms have applied to increase prices. Related departments from Friday will start assessing the applications. Enterprises applying new fares without permission will be fined from VND5-10 million each, Chien said. Transport enterprises are not required to register prices like other necessities of oil and gas, milk, cooking gas, fertilizer. However, they have to submit price declaration procedures to the department at least three days before applying the changes. The department will discuss with the Transport Department the price hike applications and suggest reasonable rates for each company, Chien added. The finance department on Thursday inspected several local transport firms following reports of illegal increases. The department before the Lunar New Year had received applications to revise up fares from some taxi companies but rejected them because of the holiday.... [read more]

Higher fuel prices to push transport fees higher By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The higher prices of fuels have prompted many transporters to consider a steep increase of transport fees, possibly between 15% and 20%, enterprises said. Luong Hoang Trung, vice chairman of the HCMC Goods Transport Association, told the Daily that some 100 member firms of the association were mulling 15% to 20% increases to compensate for the surging fuel cost. Trung said the fuel cost made up some 40% of the total transport cost, so transport enterprises in the city had to immediately raise the transport fee to avoid losses. Nguyen Van Thu, director of Tuan Lam Goods Transport Company in Binh Thanh District with a fleet of 30 container trucks, said the firm would increase fees on Friday for new transport contracts. “Almost all large transport enterprises of the association will likely increase transport charges from March 1, while some smaller transport enterprises have started an increase on Friday,” Thu said. He also revealed the suppliers of lubricant oils, tires and inner tubes for Tuan Lam Company had just announced they would increase the selling prices of these products by 22% from Friday. Meanwhile, many taxi enterprises in HCMC are also going to increase fares in the coming days. Ta Long Hy, chairman of the HCMC Taxi Association, told the Daily on Thursday that some large taxi operators in the city are considering raising fares by 10% in the coming days to…...
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