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In Vietnam, taxi drivers assault staff of rival brand over client disputes

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 16:58 GMT+7
In Vietnam, taxi drivers assault staff of rival brand over client disputes
Taxicabs of the arrested drivers are seized by Dong Nai’s police. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

Police in Vietnam have arrested a group of taxi drivers of S.G. company for allegedly chasing after and assaulting another driver of their rival firm Mai Linh over client disputes.

The incident happened on Sunday, when a S.G. taxi driver approached and solicit two women in front of Dong Nai Children’s Hospital, located in the namesake province, to use his service.

However, the women rejected him and called a nearby Mai Linh taxi instead.

Assuming the Mai Linh driver was scrambling for the customers, five S.G. taxi drivers chased after and attacked the Mai Linh cabby.

The brawl was promptly spotted and intervened by local police.

A taxi driver is interrogated by Dong Nai’s police in this photo taken in a police station. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

A taxi driver is interrogated by Dong Nai’s police in this photo taken in a police station. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

During initial inspection, police seized several weapons, including metal tubes, nunchucks, and knives from the S.G. cabbies.

Seven drivers and their taxi cars were taken to the police precinct for further investigation.

According to police officers, unregulated passenger transport services and drivers' rude manners toward customers have been a headache at Dong Nai Children’s Hospital.

Those drivers appear not only at the gate of the hospital but also at a nearby drop-off point of North-South buses, where passengers are immediately solicited whenever they leave the buses.

Weapons seized from the arrested drivers are seen in this photo captured in a police station in Dong Nai Province. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

Weapons seized from the arrested drivers are seen in this photo captured in a police station in Dong Nai Province. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

If a customer refuses to use their service or chooses another taxi from their competitors, the taxi drivers will pick a quarrel and attack both the customer and the rival driver.

Some clients are even forced to use their service at high fares.

To deal with this problem, Dong Nai’s police will strictly control taxi service providers in the southern locality and prevent violent disputes.

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Xuan Tung - A Loc / Tuoi Tre News

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