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Hanoi (VNA) - Some 16,610 coaches, taxis and buses do not operate their global positioning systems (GPS) equipment regularly, according to the Hanoi Department of Transport.

Ha Huy Quang, deputy director of the department, said that the GPS equipment was required to be installed in all taxis, coaches and buses since 2015 by the Ministry of Transport so that authorities can monitor their journeys.

However, he said, over the past month, inspectors discovered that 16,610 vehicles did not use the equipment regularly, and 1,043 of them even did not use it once in the month, so they transferred no data to the Directorate of Roads and the municipal Department of Transport.

Quang temporarily suspended the 1,043 automobiles for a month. The automobiles included taxis from various firms including Mai Linh, An Dan, Thanh Cong and Bao Viet, and coaches of firms such as the Ha Tay Transport Joint-stock Company, Hanoi Transport Joint Stock Company and South Hanoi Coach Enterprise.

The remaining 15,500 automobiles, which did not operate the GPS equipment regularly, received warnings from the Hanoi Department of Transport. If they repeat the violations, they will also be temporarily suspended.

Ngo Van Hung, deputy director of Tan Dat Enterprise, which has three buses that did not use the GPS equipment for a month, said that all of the firm’s buses had the equipment and were checked regularly.

The three buses in question may not have been used or may have been in a repair shop, and the enterprise would inspect the situation, he said.-VNA