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Taxi operators want new rate to apply to all taxis

 

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BANGKOK, 6 November 2018 (NNT)-Taxi companies are urging Thailand's Department of Land Transport (DLT) to apply the new taxi fare to all taxis as opposed to just members of the TAXI OK program. 

According to DLT Deputy Director General, Kamol Buranapong , a meeting was recently held between the DLT and taxi companies which are facing rising operating costs. 

The DLT proposed that either a 3 baht per minute rate be applied, should the vehicle move at a speed of no more than 6 kilometers an hour, or 1.50 baht per minute for all distances and speeds. The starting fare of 35 baht will remain the same. It will be decided later which of these options is more practical. The DLT wants 12,000 TAXI OK vehicles to be the first group of taxis to use the new rate. 

Secretary-General of the Association of Public Taxi Drivers, Mrs. Arporn Nopsophon , said that while she is pleased with the proposal, it would only be fair if such rates apply to all types of taxi, adding that passengers would avoid paying more and take taxis that still charge the old rate.

 
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Think of new things to build it up, build it up!
Wanna be cool, pretty, rich,
Nothing’s for sure. You gotta make it, make it!

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All taxis?

Also the ones on Phuket?

For the mentioned amounts they wont even get out of bed.

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I do agree that having a 2-tier rate system isn’t ideal and that could create income inconsistencies...

 

That said, I think a 2-tier system IS fair IF there is a material difference in the service or product on offer...  

 

Hoever, I also think that given where taxi services - driver standards, car/ride quality - are (IMHO) at in the metro Bangkok area (and I cede that the situation can be radically different in other cities) I am not so sure that a fare hike is justified.

 

I am not the biggest fan of supporting a rare hike UNTIL a proven record of service quality is achieved FIRST.

 

I would be 100% supportive of a fare hike IF I could see a verifiable reduction in proven complaints like “not using meter”, “no pick-up” and such... but until such takes place, I just can’t see the merits.

 

i agree that costs continually rise and incomes have largely stagnated.. but I don’t think that issue alone (the disparity between rising expenses and stagnant wages) justifies a wage hike without some form of a corresponding improvement in the product.

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I was last week in Bangkok and had no problem at all to get a taxi. Each taxi was using the meter. Even no discussion at all.  👌

 

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I used Grab once. Got picked up and away we went. The driver kept his phone in his hand and kept looking at while driving. I asked him to watch the road instead, he ignored me. I reached over the seat and asked to see his phone. He gave it to me and I told him I would give it back when we reached my destination. No problem, we reached my destination, I paid and he went on his merry way. I sent Grab management a message to tell their drivers to mind the road when driving and not their phone. They responded by blacklisting me from the system????

Screw them. They can take their company and shove it to where the sun don't shine.

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I agree. The official taxi rates in Thailand are just too low. I'm not a guy to cut off my own nose to spite my face but fair is fair. I get embarrassed at the fares I pay. It's like these m/cycle guys going for 10bt a shot. I suppose as a Farang I have a distorted view, 10bt is a lot to a schoolkid. And they are mostly dealing with the local market, who aren't that affluent. Give me a highly regulated expensive taxi service as in London, or a cheap A to B system (so long as you know where you're going and the route) like we have in Thailand, and I know which I'd choose. And if they refuse a fare, so what, there'll always be another along in a minute. In the tourist areas it's probably a different story. I always use my legs and walk a little way outside, to catch a passing taxi that isn't tied in to paying for their spot. I've only had one problem, in my ten years here, and that was outside of The Mall Ngamwongwan. A guy tagged me as a Farang and decided he wasn't going to use the meter. I just said stop now. He didn't so I opened the door and threatened to get out at 5 miles an hour. He was full of apologies, spoke good English though, always a danger sign.

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1 hour ago, andre47 said:

I was last week in Bangkok and had no problem at all to get a taxi. Each taxi was using the meter. Even no discussion at all.  👌

 

Depends where in BKK you take a taxi.....at touristic spots they won't do it.

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46 minutes ago, toolpush said:

I used Grab once. Got picked up and away we went. The driver kept his phone in his hand and kept looking at while driving. I asked him to watch the road instead, he ignored me. I reached over the seat and asked to see his phone. He gave it to me and I told him I would give it back when we reached my destination. No problem, we reached my destination, I paid and he went on his merry way. I sent Grab management a message to tell their drivers to mind the road when driving and not their phone. They responded by blacklisting me from the system????

Screw them. They can take their company and shove it to where the sun don't shine.

 

Thats quite shocking...  Did you send them any evidence of driver using his phone?

 

Terrible treatment by Grab - I've yet to find anything to complain about, however, should the time come and I'm treated the same way I'd feel the same.

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11 minutes ago, Thian said:
1 hour ago, andre47 said:

I was last week in Bangkok and had no problem at all to get a taxi. Each taxi was using the meter. Even no discussion at all.  👌

 

Depends where in BKK you take a taxi.....at touristic spots they won't do it.

 

All over Bangkok - its not just Westerners in Tourist areas who get fed up with this, the Thai forums are rife with complaints and anecdotes of how terrible the drivers are.... from aggressive driving, suggestive comments (to girls), to flat out rejections or over charging.... We (as westerners ) think we are treated poorly by Taxi drivers... the Thai's are often treated worse !!!... 

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3 hours ago, ZeVonderBearz said:

Grab is the only viable option for local transport in this country. 

Works famously in Vietnam. I use it all the time when I am there.

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