​Hanoi eyes standard color scheme for taxis

Taxis in Hanoi will look the same by 2025 if the plan goes through

A line of taxis in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Taxis in Hanoi will no longer bare their company’s individual colors, with the municipal Department of Transport keen to introduce a uniform look to all cabs.

The plan is part of a draft regulation on managing taxi operations in the Vietnamese capital that is currently open to public feedback.

According to the regulation, the single color scheme for all Hanoi cabs will be confirmed in 2018.

Starting in 2019, the new color scheme will be rolled out on all taxis operating in Hanoi, with a view to completely replacing existing individual taxi colors with one standard one by 2025.

The regulation will also require all traditional taxicab companies in the capital to introduce taxi-hailing mobile applications by July 2018.

Hanoi will be divided into two operating zones for taxis, with the first including all urban districts and the second covering rural areas.

Taxi firms will be required to register their zone of operation with local authorities, with those operating in the second zone not allowed to pick up passengers in the first and vice versa.

They can still drop passengers off in either zone as long as the pick-up point is within their registered operating area.

Additionally, taxis in Hanoi must not be over eight years old, according to the draft regulation.

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