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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 05:19
rooster59

No more fleecing of tourists on Koh Samui, deputy governor tells media after taxi fare scandal

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4 minutes ago, fruitman said:

Well in that case they can go into the fake booze business....selling fake Johnny Walker for 1000 baht a bottle, or copy copy Heineken beer, those tourists will buy it anyway...

Fruitcake ?

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The reason this is a good idea is the penalty. Unlike violations in Bangkok, a violation there means suspension of license That should get the attention of the cabbies

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4 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Suthipong Khlai-udom told Manager that cabs will use the meter in future and never again will a tourist be ripped off

He's "having a laff" :cheesy:

Pure comedy gold.

"never again will a tourist be ripped off"  <------ what planet is he on ??

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Yea sure...

And there will be no more suspicious deaths on Ko Tao.

 

😂🤣😂

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The problem is with the whole transport system. Introducing meter taxis always seems a good idea but it conflicts with the existing transport operators. Then when there's conflict, rather than fixing the problems there's some suitable Thai compromise.

 

Hat Yai introduced meter taxis a few years ago. First issue was with the tuk-tuk drivers, the meter fares were often less than the tuk-tuk fare and you travelled in a clean a/c cab. After various confrontations it was agreed that meter taxis can't pick-up on the street, you need to phone and book. Next was the clash with the AOT airport limo service, that operates a flat fare Bht300 from the airport to town, a similar meter fare would be half that. So after various fist fights the compromise was that the meter taxis operate on a Bht250 flat fare from the airport to town.

 

Needless to say after all this the Hat Yai meter taxis are that in name only, they never put the meter on, you negotiate a price.

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