Vietnam rejects Grab expansion request

Hanoi:Vietnam’s Transport Ministry has ordered GrabTaxi Vietnam Co Ltd to halt a planned expansion; the company will only be permitted to grow within the five localities in their pilot programme.

The five localities are Hanoi, HCMCity, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang and Quang Ninh.

The move came after the company submitted a request to broaden their business in localities including Ninh Thuan, Dong Thap and Gia Lai.

The ministry said it welcomes the application of science and technology to support business development because it improves service quality and convenience for customers.

However, the ministry ruled that such application should only operate in designated localities by transport firms with business licenses and with vehicles registered to the ministry.

The rules aim to ensure fair competition and fulfilment of tax obligations to the state, the ministry said.

The ministry also requests the five localities’ Transport Departments, as well as authorised agencies, work with transport units and transport associations to make sure that all local transport companies compete fairly and fully fulfil their tax obligations.

Earlier this year, the ministry asked GrabTaxi Vietnam Co Ltd not to deploy the technology to transport passengers by car in Thua Thien Hue, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Lam Dong.

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