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Motorcycle taxi riders, cabbies petition officials, parties over Grab legalisation

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Motorcycle taxi riders, cabbies petition officials, parties over Grab legalisation

By The Nation

 

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Thirty representatives of Thai motorcycle-taxi riders on Monday petitioned the Land Transport Department (LTD), calling for remedial measures from the impact caused by Grab taxi-motorbike services.

 

At the same time, a large group of Bangkok cabbies crowded outside the Bhumjaithai Party head office to petition party leader Anutin Charnvirakul to provide remedial aid in the likely event that Singapore-based Grab Taxi’s operations in Thailand are legalised.

 

The two groups’ moves were in response to recent comments made by two high-profile individuals. 

 

LTD deputy director-general Kamon Buranapong had on June 20 said his agency was prepared to push for the legalisation of Grab services and set up a legal team to study the feasibility of amending related regulations and laws to that effect, as per the incoming transport minister’s policy under the new government. 

 

Anutin had earlier commented about one of Bhumjaithai’s executives being on a list to serve as transport minister, and had said that the party would push for ministerial regulations to support the legalisation of Grab services as it had promised during the pre-election period.

 

Chalerm Changthongmadan, chairman of the Hired Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Association, led 30 of his members to submit a petition at the LTD head office via deputy director-general Jantira Burutpat, calling for clarity regarding the preparation of remedial measures for motorcycle taxi drivers affected by such legal moves. 

 

“We have been cooperating with the authorities over the past five years, but our repeated calls for help to tackle the issue of illegal services by Grab have got no concrete response... Now, with the new government still in the making and not yet official, the Land Transport Department told the press that they’re ready to respond to the new policy,” he said. 

 

“Instead of enforcing the law on the wrongdoers, the LTD went ahead to amend regulations to benefit the foreign investors who broke the law and created disunity among Thais,” he added.

 

Jantira said she would take the association’s petition into consideration, but insisted that people were wrong in their belief that officials had turned a deaf ear to this issue. 

 

Officials in related agencies have been studying the overall impacts on taxi and motorcycle-taxi operations, as well as on passengers, to ensure benefits and justice for all sides, she explained.

 

Meanwhile, Bangkok Taxi Cooperatives Network chairman Withoon Naewpanich led a large number of members to camp outside the Bhumjaithai Party head office and submit their own petition to Anutin, via party official Suriyong Hunthasarn.

 

The petition called for remedial measures for taxi drivers who would be negatively affected by the legalisation of Grab Taxi.

 

Suriyong said he would pass the group’s petition to Anutin as soon as possible, as the party was willing to hear inputs from all sides in order to create useful policies.

 

Withoon said the LTD and police had on many occasions also failed to offer clarity about this issue.

 

However, if Bhumjaithai – whose representative was expected to serve as transport minister in the new Cabinet – offered clarity in regard to taxi-service development, his group would be willing to cooperate in order to boost customer satisfaction, as long as cabbies also had appropriate incomes that covered their costs. 

 

If the Grab Taxi service-legalisation policy negatively affected cab drivers, there must also be remedial measures to assist them, he insisted. 

 

The group had earlier in the day submitted a petition to the LTD, and intended later to petition Palang Pracharath leader Uttama Savanayana, whose group of politicians would soon be the core political party supporting General Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister in the next administration.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371642

 

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So the cabbies, the motorcycle taxi riders and the song taew drivers (all of them not well known for decent service to their customers) want their minority interests protected against the interest of the far bigger majority of their countryman and farangs?

TIT

and if they win: TIT again

 

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This could be interesting 🙂 the departments involved wont have a clue how to deal with this other than the Thai way, which isn't going to work in this instance - too many big international players. 🤔😞

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I suggest to ban all "official" taxis ! Thank's God here in Bangkok is Grab with all kinds of options, but it's worse in other cities.

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They don’t like competition in Thailand 

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6 hours ago, Benroon said:

I downloaded the Grab app - only it appears in thai. You can change the language each time you use it (in parts) but it reverts back when you leave the app so its a <deleted> nuisance. When I raised it with them they replied saying they are aware and are working on their 'valuable international customers' - until they do its next to kin useless!

 

Same for everyone ?

Grab App works fine in Thailand for android,  including English.  Same program that i can use in Malay... Make sure you are downloading the right app from playstore?

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It´s called competition, guys! It´s nothing new. Like was the thing that actually slowly killed the mafias grip on the gambling scene in Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1960´s.

 

The mafia couldn´t fight competition, nor can you, You can´t fight competition! You can try, but you can´t win. Like running into the wall 60 times, and still ask why it hurts.

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tuk tuk or red bus is losing in cm  to grab.better and cheaper the people are chosing with the app  and they money now.change or lose everything is they option now

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I rarely have problems with taxis. Yes it is a nuisance on Sukhumvit after the BTS closes but that has to be factored into the evening plan.

 

Grab drivers can refuse fares just as normal taxi drivers can if they are not close or don't want to go there. 

 

I find the key is to tell the driver the district first then get into details after.

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