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Transport Ministry greenlights luggage handling hike for airport taxis

By THE NATION

 

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The Transport Ministry has agreed to the hike in the luggage handling fee to Bt20 per piece of luggage 26 inches in length or larger, though the first two pieces would be handled for free.

 

More than 100 members of the Thai Public Taxi Association and the Task Force for Organising Service Vehicles at Suvarnabhumi Airport blocked the entrance to the Transport Ministry on Thursday (November 7) to demand a response to their request for hikes in fares and luggage-handling fees but dispersed around 3.40pm, apparently satisfied with the results of negotiations with Ministry representatives announced by association president Pallop Chayinthu.

 

“The Transport Ministry has agreed to the hike in the luggage handling fee to Bt20 per piece of luggage 26 inches in length or larger, though the first two pieces would be handled for free,” he said.

 

“In line with our request to increase the airport surcharge rates from Bt50 to Bt70 for normal-size taxis and from Bt70 to Bt90 for larger taxis, the Ministry asked us to postpone the hike until the economy improves, fearing that it would create burden for clients and we are happy to comply,” Pallop added.

 

“Our last request is to extend the mandatory service life of a taxi from 9 years to 12 years to let owners of older taxis continue using their vehicles,” he said.

 

“The Department of Land Transport told us that they had already submitted an appeal to the Council of State and are awaiting a response. However, Minister Saksayam Chidchob promised that we should hear the result by November 29.”

 

Related Story: Airport taxi drivers block off Transport Ministry

 

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They always seem to develop back problems when they see luggage....but want to be your BFF after you sit down in the car...

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I can see them charging 20 baht for EVERY piece of luggage, falang no understand!

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So next demand will be first 2 breathing passengers free but 100baht surcharge for every other passenger. Uber and Grab are rubbing their hands. Just keep it up. 

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2 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

I can see them charging 20 baht for EVERY piece of luggage, falang no understand!

I have no problem with that. As long as they always use, and not manipulate the meter.

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1 hour ago, Scot123 said:

So next demand will be first 2 breathing passengers free but 100baht surcharge for every other passenger. Uber and Grab are rubbing their hands. Just keep it up. 

Never used Uber or Grab. But recent developments make me think of using them in the future instead of a 'regular' taxi.

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Where do you put the extra bag? We cannot fit one bag in the boot.So 2 people 2 bags ok? They are living in Disney land already we are using uber sky train or staying the night at a hotel near the airport and next day using public transport.Are they really that dumb?Answer yes.

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I always thought the 50 baht surcharge us customers pay is the fee that the 50 baht fee taxis have to pay to enter the arrivals zone to pick up customers. If the 50 baht surcharge they charge arrivals customers on top of the taxi meter fee is for them picking up our luggage and putting it in their taxi, then I've been ripped off. I always put my own luggage in the taxi. Shouldn't have to pay a 50 baht surcharge then.

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Just avoid the headache and take the airportlink to city for 45 b. Most convenient.

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23 hours ago, webfact said:

Transport Ministry greenlights luggage handling hike for airport taxis

That should certainly help encourage more tourists to visit. 

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On 11/8/2019 at 6:18 AM, Scot123 said:

So next demand will be first 2 breathing passengers free but 100baht surcharge for every other passenger. Uber and Grab are rubbing their hands. Just keep it up. 

Good point, when ever greed pushes prices high enough another group willing to make a reasonable living will step in...as long as the politicians stay out of the process.

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On 11/9/2019 at 11:05 AM, sanook 1 said:

Just avoid the headache and take the airportlink to city for 45 b. Most convenient.

How would you take the ARL between Midnight and 6am in the morning? Wouldn't you get a headache waiting for the trains on the ARL between those hours? What about people who don't live near a BTS/MRT station?

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