Xe om drivers told to organize, wear uniforms

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Xe om drivers in Ho Chi Minh City from May 20 will have to work in groups, form unions, and wear uniforms with logos, local newswire Vnexpress reported Wednesday, citing a new draft circular.


The draft circular follows a decree requiring the motorbike taxi drivers to wear uniforms and logos, failing which they will be fined VND40,000-60,000 (US$2.11-3.17) each time. The decree replaced another one dealing with cash penalties for road traffic violations.


Xe om drivers have so far worked individually and are not controlled by any organization. They operate on informal rules regarding areas of operation as well as fees charged from customers.


The draft circular requires the motorbike taxi drivers to organize and register themselves with district authorities. Their chosen logo will be effective for five years and drivers will have to wear it on their sleeves.


District governments will also decide where drivers in each association can pick up and drop their customers, according to the draft that has been released to invite public comments and suggestions.


Inspectors from the city Transport Department will check the drivers' operations and punish them if they violate regulations.


The regulation can be amended after taking effect, if district People's Committees or concerned agencies find any problems or shortcomings.

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