Hanoi Department of Transport will stop licensing new taxi operations in the capital from March at the request of the municipal government, the department's deputy director Nguyen Hoang Linh said Tuesday.
The move aims to tackle violations rampant throughout the sector.
Hanoi currently has more than 10,000 registered taxis, the second largest number in the country after Ho Chi Minh City, Linh said.
The capital city also witnessed a huge number of taxis violating traffic laws and taxi drivers resisting traffic wardens on duty in the streets, the official said.
He said the poor quality of recruitment and training process of taxi drivers by transport companies was to partly blame for the above fact.
The department will continue to inspect taxi companies in the coming time, he said.
Operating taxis whose licences have expired but have no records of violations will still be re-licensed after March 1, according to the official.