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Grab vs Red Song Thaews in Chiang Mai: War goes on

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Grab vs Red Song Thaews in Chiang Mai: War goes on

 

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Thai PBS reported that the war between the public Red Song Thaews of Chiang Mai and Grab Car was continuing. 

 

On the one hand members of the public are finding Grab more convenient, personal and generally better value for money.

 

While the Red Bus drivers are complaining that their income has gone down the pan - by more than 50% in some cases. 

 

And now it has been revealed that hundreds of Grab Car drivers have been fined for violating pick-up regulations at Chiang Mai airport since the start of the year. 

 

The media spoke to several students about why they chose Grab. They said it was much better and provided a personal service often at only a small increased cost. 

 

It went to exactly where they went and was quicker than waiting for a Red Bus. 

 

One even claimed they had been dumped so that the Red Bus driver could pick up tourists - a more lucrative kind of passenger. 

 

Deputy of the Red Bus association Bunreuang Wangmee said his organisation represented 2,465 members.

 

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While he admitted that some overcharged most kept to the 20 baht to 30 baht charges. He claimed that meant they were better value than Grab Car. 

 

He said that some of his members had seen their daily income plummet from 1,200 baht to 400-500 baht. 

 

The DLT and airport authorities meanwhile said that 344 Grab drivers had been fined for picking up passengers at Chiang Mai airport since January 1st. 

 

Thaivisa notes that the issue is one of old tech versus new tech with the Thai authorities still unable to come to terms with change in the modern era. 

 

Source: ThaiPBS

 

 
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Like Airbnb, a foreign company has come along and grabbed market share. This is going to be very difficult for many here to accept. 

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Whenever I have to go to the airport I use Grab (and public taxi on the way back). Grab is more expensive than a red truck - I do not want to be responsible for the pollution they create. So I refuse to take a "taxi" like this.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Woolsgibb60 said:

It was 2500 baht the other day they was making now 1200 baht

But that was before I suggested the Thai income tax authorities were notified of their 'self confessed' incomes.

Edited by BritManToo
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Sonthaew, city and gouvernement maffia against free market. Big problem for Thai.

 

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The red cars do come in handy , but they clog up the roads and cause lots of pollution , and they often needlessly drive around empty .

   The same goes for tuk-tuks , noisy polluting road cloggers

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While he admitted that some overcharged most kept to the 20 baht to 30 baht charges. He claimed that meant they were better value than Grab Car.

 

Well dumb is dumber if you are better value why you losing business?

Also when Yinluck was swanning around as PM she visited CNX and promised to get the red vehicles off the road with a new tram system? Has anyone sighted the tram yet or maybe its stuck at the new international airport promised 20 years ago?????

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3 hours ago, worgeordie said:

The Red Songthaews of Chiang Mai,the main reason Chiang Mai

will never have a reliable,cost effective,transport system that

will serve the population, if Chiang Mai ever tries to get a 

any kind of trolly,train system around the city,the Songthaew

mafia will do anything to prevent it .

regards worgeordie

History confirms that ,very powerful group another reason you dont see motor cycle taxis in the city which are a simple and cheap way to get down narrow sois and avoid traffic.Used them all the time in Bangkok but the only ones you see here are well out of town

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Posted (edited)

The pollution in Chiang Mai has deterred many tourists this year-that makes everything tighter as well-do the red truck drivers complain to the government about that?

Edited by Redline

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