Mr. Giap says that the inspection will be carried out in one month, at 100 cab firms with a total of over 10,000 cars.
Previous inspections had been small in scale, with only 10-12 of the city's more than 110 taxi companies participating, he said. This time, all companies would be subject to an evaluation of their operational and management mechanisms, vehicles and drivers.
To boost the effectiveness of the inspection, the department planned to seek co-operation from residents by asking them to take photos of any violations they observed, such as illegal parking, running red lights, exceeding speed limits, or cheating passengers.
The inspector says that those found to have violated regulations would have their operational license revoked.
So far, only six taxi companies, including Mua Xuan, Le Gia, Phu Gia, Hong Hung, 14 and BG, have been suspended from operations since last year for their lack of management mechanisms.
The most common violations included illegal parking, illegal turns and cheating passengers, Giap says. Many taxi companies failed to list their prices or register the exact number of vehicles they had in operation.
However, some cab drivers say that passengers often asked drivers to stop in any place they wanted, regardless of legality. If the drivers refused to stop, they would be blamed for cheating passengers by taking longer journeys than necessary. Taxis could only fully obey the law when passengers changed their expectations, they say.
Giap adds that the Hanoi Department of Transportation encourages taxi firms to boost education and management measures for their drivers, so that they can voluntarily obey the traffic law and respect their passengers. Below are some pictures of the first day of inspection: Gia Van