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Video: "Welcome to Chiang Mai" - tourists forced to leave GrabCar as tempers flare


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5 minutes ago, BEngBKK said:

Where is Big Joke when you need him ....

 

If they were Chinese tourists the PM and Big Joke would be all over this issue like a bad rash while offering grovelling apologies. Farang tourists can eat cake.

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2 hours ago, dotpoom said:

In a previous life I was a Taxi driver back home for 28 yrs. It was a very rigorous system to get into the Taxi business. First off, one had to have an almost exemplary police record (a bag snatcher or molester would not be the most suitable person for the job).

Secondly, you had to have a thorough knowledge of the area you were seeking the licence for (city).

You had to have a car that was not over a certain age and was checked yearly, along with your meter (for not being tampered with for overcharging purposes, etc).

You had to dress respectably and have no "smells etc., in the car (body odour).  I could go on...

Then the "Hackney cabs started to appear. While they were regulated by the Government...they by no means had to go through the rigours. Many "real" Taxi men resented them greatly because they had mortgaged their homes or borrowed from the banks to set up a secure job that would earn them enough money to rear their children, send them to college and support their families. Then, all of a sudden one had this competition by people who had laid out very little money and had less expenses than the "real" Taxi man. Would a normal guy not get a bit "miffed" at this.

   I would imagine that the likes of Grab and Uber would be cause for resentment for many Taxi drivers who have invested everything in the job only to see people with little or no "qualifications" being able to get behind the wheel of their car and start working at the same level...without many checks in any department...criminal past or abilities.

Nothing to do with whether there are enough customers to go around...or not.

 

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7 hours ago, worgeordie said:

Some welcome !, why does Thailand keep shooting itself in the foot,

surely there's enough tourists around for everyone to make a living,

There will never be a real public transport system in Chiang Mai,as

the Tuk-Tuk ,and Red truck drivers will not allow it,and this has been

going on for years.

regards worgeordie

Well…….they've got plenty of feet to choose from!

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well the thing is 

i live in CM i drive grab mostly because of good pricing and the aircon

but in my app i can order grab economy, just grab or grab songtaew

wich means that also the songtaews join grab

so if more than 4 u order grab songtaew

how ever i have noticed they always try to get extra money from the customers if they get in the car with more than 4 people

old habits never die  overpricing is in the nature of the guys

soon grab has a adittion for tuk tuk

problem solved, how ever??

tuk tuk can only take 2 /3 persons or 6 chinese

negotiation will never end i guess

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19 minutes ago, baansgr said:

nasty horrible country. no manners, nothing. no wonder no one comes here any more, regardless of the lies TAT tell us. 

Talk about black and white thinking. Just because there's lots of nasty ppl doesn't mean the vast majority aren't friendly, helpful, polite etc. 

 

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the problem with Songthews are that most of the time the driver does understand where i want to go and the pricing is so whimsical, Tuk Tuk smelly and noisy little things.  with Grab you know the price and there is little confusion regarding your destination.  done deal. these guys need to grow up.

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3 hours ago, dotpoom said:

In a previous life I was a Taxi driver back home for 28 yrs. It was a very rigorous system to get into the Taxi business. First off, one had to have an almost exemplary police record (a bag snatcher or molester would not be the most suitable person for the job).

Secondly, you had to have a thorough knowledge of the area you were seeking the licence for (city).

You had to have a car that was not over a certain age and was checked yearly, along with your meter (for not being tampered with for overcharging purposes, etc).

You had to dress respectably and have no "smells etc., in the car (body odour).  I could go on...

Then the "Hackney cabs started to appear. While they were regulated by the Government...they by no means had to go through the rigours. Many "real" Taxi men resented them greatly because they had mortgaged their homes or borrowed from the banks to set up a secure job that would earn them enough money to rear their children, send them to college and support their families. Then, all of a sudden one had this competition by people who had laid out very little money and had less expenses than the "real" Taxi man. Would a normal guy not get a bit "miffed" at this.

   I would imagine that the likes of Grab and Uber would be cause for resentment for many Taxi drivers who have invested everything in the job only to see people with little or no "qualifications" being able to get behind the wheel of their car and start working at the same level...without many checks in any department...criminal past or abilities.

Nothing to do with whether there are enough customers to go around...or not.

Spot on.

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2 hours ago, johng said:

The Taxi (public service) drivers in Thailand  have "little to no qualifications" , are hardly regulated

( some regs have started to be reinforced) vehicles often have "brake failure" and end up in the ditch

and quite a lot of the drivers are high on drugs or drunk at the wheel.

good point, some on Yaba and drive like crazy man,  i get the hell out.

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This is a very good advertisment for Grab. Would any sensible tourist want to get in a yellow cab with such violent weapon weilding thugs. The ministry of transport does not care about the safety of tourists or the behaviour of the taxis that they licenced. If that incident happened in the UK ( where they have proper black taxis who have to spend a long time doing the knowledge and exams) the driver would lose his licence immediatly, and rightfully so. No implementation of such a penalty will be implimented here in Thailand which makes it all the more dangerous for tourists.

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