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Crackdown on Bangkok taxis: New fines for drivers who refuse passengers

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Crackdown on Bangkok taxis: New fines for drivers who refuse passengers

 

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Department of Land Transport officials have announced a new crackdown on taxi drivers who refuse fares from passengers.

 

Under the new plans, the fine for rejecting a passenger will be increased from 2,000 baht to 5,000 baht.

 

The increase will put the fines for taxi drivers on a par with those in place for other types of public transport such as vans and buses who reject passengers.

 

Taxi drivers who are found to frequently reject fares also face having their licenses suspended for between 3-6 months, Daily News reported.

 

Along with not using the meter, refusing fares is typically the biggest complaint passengers have about taxi drivers in Bangkok.

 

According to Land Transport Department stats, Bangkok taxi drivers are most likely to refuse passengers on Sukhumvit, Silom, Sathorn and Phayathai roads.

 

Passengers can complain about Bangkok taxi drivers by calling the Land Transport Department hotline on 1584.

 

Source: Daily News

 

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Not easy being a Taxi driver, I only drove in Brisbane, Aust and that had its moments.

We did use the meter unless there was a special request for an extended hire.

 

If in Thailand I expect the meter to be used and most times it is.

 

Mind you I often refused to take passengers if I thought they where going to spew up in my Cab or where drunk to the eyeballs.

 

BKK traffic. well you can hardely blame the drivers for not wanting to brave that.

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Is there a capital city with cheaper taxis than Bangkok?

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And do you think it works? To laugh, how can a passenger who has been refused prove it?

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The promulgated crackdown is set to be implemented between 1600 and 1700 p.m. on Friday 28th. June.

After that it will be business as usual...................until the next crackdown is announced in a years time.

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They say Suk Rd and Silom are bad for it, so why can't City Hall have inspectors down there trying to get a taxi and fine them if they wont accept ?  Simple answer ?  It requires work. Something Thai people don't want to do

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I think the taxis sometimes have valid reasons for not wanting to go on a certain route.

Who would want to head into a 2 hour traffic jam?

or travel an hour through a jam to get to a U-turn thats only a few kms away?

 

Also, these guys listen to traffic reports on radio and know the problem areas.

If they accept a farangs fare, then get stuck in a traffic, next thing that farang will be swearing and accusing them of going the long way or deliberately going into a jam.

they cant win!

 

Sometimes you will hear people complaining about not getting a ride, and they are standing like 100-200metres from a MRT or BTS!!

There are so many buses, vans, bikes..so many options..

At least do a bit of research in your surroundings and youll never have a problem

 

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

axi drivers who are found to frequently reject fares also face having their licenses suspended for between 3-6 months, 

 

""face having their licenses suspended for between 3-6 months

 

more lucrative to not suspend the license. let them keep paying 5k a pop

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