Motorcycle taxi (or “xe om” in Vietnamese) has been stable in Vietnam’s transportation schedule for decades.
Motorcycle taxi drivers must be fully vaccinated against the new coronavirus and comply with all current regulations to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease.
The Hanoi Department of Transport resumed operation of technology-based motorcycle taxis in the capital from Feb. 8 after a six-month hiatus to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hanoi Times reported.
Apps such as GrabBike, GoBike and BeeBike have started notifying users of the move, with many promotions to win back customers.
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According to the transportation department, the decision came after Hanoi’s designation as a level 2 zone with medium coronavirus risks in the Covid-19 risk assessment and local residents’ demands.
The department requires companies to be responsible for monitoring drivers, who must be fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and comply with all current regulations to prevent the spread of the disease.
Such services were also requested to submit a list of their drivers and vehicles to the transport department for management.
The municipal government shut down all technology-based ride-hailing services at the end of July last year as the fourth wave of infections became severe, but has allowed the resumption of taxis and shared rides since mid-October 2021.
Since 8 February 2022, public buses will also be allowed to run at full capacity again.
Most businesses and services have resumed in the capital, with the exception of bars, karaoke and massage parlors and dance clubs.
Hanoi has been at the top of the national number of Covid-19 patients for about a month now, registering about 3,000 cases every day. However, given the high vaccination coverage and capacity of the health care system, it has been assessed as having a low coronavirus risk, according to the Hanoi Times†
Motorcycle taxi (or “xe om” in Vietnamese) has been stable in Vietnam’s transportation schedule for decades. Traditionally, the motorcycle taxi driver has a motorbike and a place of his own, usually in tourist or busy areas. They wait for customers all day long and the price depends entirely on them.
Until 2014, before the arrival of Grab, this is still the ultimate choice, as the motorcycle taxi has an edge over public transport when compared to public transport: while public transport can be time consuming and confusing (especially for foreigners who do not understand the local language). speaking) language) and overcrowded motorcycle taxis can take passengers to the exact location in a shorter time.