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Pattaya cabbies demand higher minimum charge

By Theerawat Thongma, 
Dethawee Theewarangkool 
The Nation

 

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Major General Popanan Luengpanuwat, head of the National Council for Peace and Order in Chon Buri, called a meeting on Thursday in a bid to tackle the issue of Pattaya taxi drivers allegedly taking advantage of tourists.

 

There had been complaints, including from foreigners, about drivers refusing to use the taxi meter and charging large amounts for short distances, he told the meeting at Pattaya City Hall.

 

Representatives of three Pattaya taxi companies, with a total of 500 cabs, explained that the starting price - Bt40 for the first 2km - was not enough for cabbies to cope with high living costs. 

 

Saying that such action was not right nor legal, Popanan said he would call another meeting on July 26 at the Bang Lamung district office for all taxi operators for their cooperation to adhere to the law. 

 

Popanan also assigned the Chon Buri Land Transport Office to ask for permission to hike the minimum fare to Bt100 for the first 2km, like on Koh Samui.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30350414

 
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But would the charlatans adhere to the new pricing, even if it were agreed?

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The rate should be the same all over the country and therefore they should follow the same rates as Bangkok taxis. The cost of living in Pattaya is not four times higher than Bangkok.

 

Having said that, I believe the rate in Bangkok should be set up.

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What sort of Cloud Cuckoo Fantasy land are they living in?

The drivers here do not use the meters!!!!!

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Well this dude obviously needs the extra dosh to stick a few more Toyota badges on the back of the motah .. 

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And this guy has agreed to upgrade the air-con in his cab to justify some more dosh .. 

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1 hour ago, petedk said:

The rate should be the same all over the country and therefore they should follow the same rates as Bangkok taxis. The cost of living in Pattaya is not four times higher than Bangkok.

 

Having said that, I believe the rate in Bangkok should be set up.

What the rates should be in Pattaya is irrelevant because no taxis use their meters here.

 

If taxis did use their meters, then I believe the price should be higher than Bangkok taxis due to the sparser population of Pattaya's outlying areas compared to Bangkok. Once a taxi has traveled a few kilometers away from the central area, the likelihood of return fares is low, meaning they would be empty for longer and further than Bangkok taxis.

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13 minutes ago, tropo said:

What the rates should be in Pattaya is irrelevant because no taxis use their meters here.

 

If taxis did use their meters, then I believe the price should be higher than Bangkok taxis due to the sparser population of Pattaya's outlying areas compared to Bangkok. Once a taxi has traveled a few kilometers away from the central area, the likelihood of return fares is low, meaning they would be empty for longer and further than Bangkok taxis.

It's a vicious circle.

 

There are much less taxis in Pattaya than in Bangkok, so they will have a higher chance to find a return fare, if they are reasonable priced.

 

The problem is that they don't use the meter, someone on say Nerm Plubwan will not flag them down, because he know they probably ask 200 Baht or more to Pattaya centre.

 

If they used the meter that would more something like 60 Baht, and there would be more people interested to flag a passing taxi.

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19 minutes ago, tomas557 said:

It's a vicious circle.

 

There are much less taxis in Pattaya than in Bangkok, so they will have a higher chance to find a return fare, if they are reasonable priced.

 

The problem is that they don't use the meter, someone on say Nerm Plubwan will not flag them down, because he know they probably ask 200 Baht or more to Pattaya centre.

 

If they used the meter that would more something like 60 Baht, and there would be more people interested to flag a passing taxi.

I disagree. An inner BKK taxi can travel in any direction for many kilometers and still be in densely populated areas... but as we already agreed, no one flags them down as we all believe they are rip off merchants... I'm yet to hear one report from someone that got in a taxi here and the meter was used... so it's a mystery why anyone has been discussing rates that are never applied. How come we all know this, but the regulatory authorities seem unaware?

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9 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

hike the minimum fare to Bt100 for the first 2km, like on Koh Samui

First, how can people breaking the law by refusing to use the meter have any demands to consider? First they have to abide the law, after we can discuss a hike.

 

How in the whole wide world can there be one rule on Koh Samui, and not in the rest of the country? Have i missed that the island won their call for independence?

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9 hours ago, Jingthing said:

What sort of Cloud Cuckoo Fantasy land are they living in?

The drivers here do not use the meters!!!!!

Never have done so...

 

I am sure living costs are a lot higher in BKK, 

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8 hours ago, tropo said:

I disagree. An inner BKK taxi can travel in any direction for many kilometers and still be in densely populated areas... but as we already agreed, no one flags them down as we all believe they are rip off merchants... I'm yet to hear one report from someone that got in a taxi here and the meter was used... so it's a mystery why anyone has been discussing rates that are never applied. How come we all know this, but the regulatory authorities seem unaware?

Not unaware. Avoiding talking about it will avoid loss of face by not admitting it.

 

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the point is moot, for they never use the meters.  <deleted> are they talking about? 

 

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

not enough for cabbies to cope with high living costs. 

My heart bleeds

 

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One told me 150b was the minimum. Why? Because I had my backpack on, so he thought I was a newb. LOL

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