According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation, as of 0:00 on June 20, Ho Chi Minh City temporarily stop public passenger transport by road for the following types: buses, interprovincial fixed route coaches and transit vehicles, contracted vehicles with less than 9 seats using technology application software, taxis (except vehicles approved by the Department of Transportation). announce activities for the transport of people to and from hospitals and medical centers in case of emergency).
With this announcement, tech motorcycle taxis and carriers continue to operate normally.
This announcement is made after the epidemic situation. COVID-19 In Ho Chi Minh City, complicated developments, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee decided to tighten the epidemic prevention measures from the night of June 19. Before the above information, many taxi driver, technological taxi driver I can only sigh, because this is not the first pause, but the worries are still there.
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Borrow money from the bank
Mr. VLD (48 years old tech car driver) said after more than 20 years as a rental driver, 3 years ago he saved some capital, he borrowed from more banks to buy a 7 seater car, he registered as a technology taxi driver.
The first time, driving Danang in season travel, the international visitors are busy, the income after deducting the fees is enough to pay off the bank debt and manage your life.
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But from 2020, the Covid-19 epidemic appeared, it did not receive tourists, so the income decreased significantly, all day on the street, the application only exploded a few times. The amount earned is not enough to pay the bank every month. He had to request a transfer to the Ho Chi Minh City area.
“In Ho Chi Minh City, although there are no tourists, but the guests are offices, the demand for travel is high. As long as you work hard to plow, the app will explode continuously. No fear of guests, alone But since the beginning of May From 2021 onwards, the epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City began to intensify, the situation stagnated again, earning between 200 and 300 thousand every day without counting the rates. social distancing There are hardly any visitors. But the bank does not extend the debt, each month it is still 8 to 10 million, I have to borrow to pay, not to sell the car, “said D.
Mr. KL (52 years old, taxi driver) also said that as of May 31, 2021, Ho Chi Minh City social distancing, people are aware of restricting travel, shops are not open, so the money earned has not penetrated anywhere. “The driver who owns a house in Saigon is even better, if he rents a house, he can only take out a loan,” said Mr. L.
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How are drivers supported?
Mr. Ta Long Hy, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Taxi Association and Deputy Director General of Vinasun, said that there are about 10,000 taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh City, only Vinasun has about 5,000 drivers. Since a few days, Vinasun has supported 400-500,000 VND for drivers and created conditions for taxi drivers to advance their salaries, the total amount of support to date is almost 7 billion VND.
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“As social distancing in Ho Chi Minh City continues Directive 15 On May 31, 2021, the demand for travel was lower, so the driver who drives the car, the company supports 500,000 VND, the driver who stops driving is 400 thousand VND. Although it is not worth much, it is the heart of the company shared with you. A few hundred thousand at this time are also very important to you. To stop the taxi here, you have to calculate more, “reported Mr. Hy.
According to the deputy general manager of Vinasun, in this period, the Department of Transportation allowed the company to operate 200 vehicles to attend to people who go to and from hospitals and medical centers in case of need.
Mr. Ho Anh Duong, Managing Director of Mai Linh Group Joint Stock Company, shared that the company is rapidly installing partitions in taxis in some locations as soon as possible. To date, more than 10 taxi provinces / cities of Mai Linh have been vaccinated COVID-19-19 1 point and 2 points.
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Mr. Duong said, “The company has flexibly applied the Company policy suitable for each line of products and services such as:% reduction in management fees for business cooperation vehicles, support to the proportion in income applicable to each company, location, depending on the situation deal current in each unit. In this way, drivers and investors stabilize their business. In addition, we also appreciate the practical activities to take care of the material and spiritual life of the driver as a passenger during this period ”.
A representative of Grab also said that, following the request of the Department of Transportation to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic, currently in the application, all 4-wheel services (GrabCar 4 seats, 7 seats) are suspended. During each suspension period, the company has a policy to change the drivers from 4 wheels to 2 wheels, if the driver needs it, he can keep running.
When the Covid-19 epidemic broke out in Ho Chi Minh City, the Department of Transportation required the taxi to open the window, the driver wore a mask, sprayed disinfectant to prevent the epidemic
“These days, the demand to go to the supermarket, transport goods and deliver goods through the application increases, so when switching to two-wheelers, drivers, in addition to carrying passengers, can run more of these services. to increase their income, “he said. The Grab rep said.
A Be Group representative also said that the company has shut down beCar (4 seats, 7 seats) and the beTaxi, beBike and beDelivery services continue to function normally. Currently, Be implements two driver support programs in parallel: drivers with special and difficult circumstances and drivers infected with Covid-19, who must be isolated in concentration, isolated at home and losing their income completely.