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GrabBike driver attacked by ‘xe om’ group near Ho Chi Minh City bus station

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 14:01 GMT+7

A GrabBike driver has been attacked by a group of traditional motorbike taxi drivers, or xe om, near a bus station in Ho Chi Minh City.

Police in Hoc Mon District confirmed on Tuesday that they were dealing with a gang attack on a GrabBike driver at An Suong Bus Station, in the district’s Ba Diem Commune.

The victim was identified as Hoang Long D., a resident of District 12, who has been brought to the hospital for a check-up, Grab Vietnam said on the same day.

According to witnesses, D. arrived at the bus station on Monday evening to pick up a passenger.

An argument then broke out between the Grab driver and his traditional counterparts, followed by the assault.

Police officers in Ba Diem arrived to stop the violence and requested that all relevant parties go to the police station.

It has become quite common for fights to break out between GrabBike drivers and conventional ‘xe om’ drivers in Ho Chi Minh City.

A total of 65 reports of GrabBike employees being assaulted by traditional drivers were recorded in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016, according to Grab Vietnam.

The incidents often occurred at transport hubs such as Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Mien Dong (Eastern) and Mien Tay (Western) Bus Stations.

In one recent case, police had to fire warning shots to stop a fight between a group of ‘xe om’ drivers and their tech-based counterparts at the Mien Tay Bus Station in mid-June.

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