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Conventional motorbike taxi driver attacks Gojek driver over passenger competition in Saigon

Monday, January 04, 2021, 12:59 GMT+7
Conventional motorbike taxi driver attacks Gojek driver over passenger competition in Saigon
A man holds a large log to attack a Gojek motorbike partner near An Suong Intersection in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, January 2, 2021 in this cut from the latter’s motorcycle camera footage.

Police in Trung My Tay Ward of District 12, Ho Chi Minh City are handling a case where a Gojek motorbike partner was attacked by a conventional motorbike taxi driver while picking up a passenger near An Suong Intersection on Saturday.

The attack occurred while Do Viet Tai, 30, from the city’s Hoc Mon District was waiting for a female passenger, who had booked a trip via the ride-hailing app, at 2398 National Highway 1 at 5:20 pm on Saturday, according to Tai’s motorcycle camera footage.

A middle-aged man standing nearby chased Tai away, not allowing him to pick up the customer.

Although Tai tried to explain it was not the case that he was stealing the man’s customer as the passenger had ordered him to give her a ride through the Gojek mobile app in advance, as well as urging the woman to quickly get on his motorbike, the middle-aged man still insisted on preventing Tai from catching the passenger.

“I said no picking up, you should get it!” said the middle-aged man. 

When the passenger was yet to climb on Tai’s motorbike, another man on a motorbike rushed toward the Gojek driver, yelling at him “I said you go away!”

That man then suddenly ran to a nearby motorcycle repair shop and took a long iron wrench to chase Tai.

Tai rode his motorbike away for a short distance to avoid that man.

But when Tai stopped, the man threw a large log directly at Tai’s head.

“Fortunately, I wore a helmet so I did not get hit, but due to panic over the thug behavior of those two men, I ran straight to the Trung My Tay Ward police to report the incident,” Tai recounted.

“I affirm that I have never had any conflicts or friction in competing for customers with these people."

The female passenger in the incident also elaborated that the first man had offered to give her a ride before Tai came.

When the woman replied that she already booked a Gojek trip, the man emphasized she would not be able to get on the Gojek motorbike.

According to several ride-hailing apps’ partners in the An Suong Intersection area, it is not uncommon that they are attacked by conventional motorbike taxi drivers there.

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