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The Tuk Tuke problems are in every part of the country not just Phuket, people get beaten up regularily by Tuk Tuk drivers here in Chiang Mai regularily it's just not reported. They are territorial and their job is basically to rip you off. Most of them are likely using Meth so you just don't want to mess around with lunatics like that. The drivers in Phuket are much more close nit being an island but it's too much to say they are a Mafia, please, these people arn't organised.

I doubt anyone who speaks politely, doesn't park in their spot and barters the fare before going with them will ever have a problem.

It's extremely rare for a Thai to use violence unprovoked (unlike your own country where you can get shot and stabbed walking down the wrong street) but vengence is rife so don't go upsetting the locals with foul mouthed hooliganism which is why most of the farangs get smacked down.

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Why don't the Thai business owners of all tourist related businesses march on City hall protesting the tuk-tuk and taxi driver's behaviour and demand action?

After all, it's their pockets that are going to get hurt.

Unless Thais themselves protest about this, nothing will happen.

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While there's no solution in sight maybe current thaivisa members, who take this so close to heart, can come up with some new methods of delivering their cause to future potential tourists?

I dont know what would work but perhaps a grassroots effort like a dedicated website or something (without bias/stereotyping) that gives the known stats on these events (similar to the accident numbers they publish in the news after songkran). Either way the last 3 years I've been watching people's concerns on this issue being repeated with nothing happening and a new approach is required (if this topic is of great importance to yourself).

Personally it doesnt affect myself so much as I dont have a business here and I have my own transportation. But there definitely seems to be more than a handful of posters that are capable of tackling the issue in a more meaningful way yielding results more to their liking?

Great idea dedicated websites put it all online so people can read every victim reports ,media reports , forum links, dedicated sections for each scam let everyone see the truth about these crimes and corruption tourists to Thailand face daily.

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While there's no solution in sight maybe current thaivisa members, who take this so close to heart, can come up with some new methods of delivering their cause to future potential tourists?

I dont know what would work but perhaps a grassroots effort like a dedicated website or something (without bias/stereotyping) that gives the known stats on these events (similar to the accident numbers they publish in the news after songkran). Either way the last 3 years I've been watching people's concerns on this issue being repeated with nothing happening and a new approach is required (if this topic is of great importance to yourself).

Personally it doesnt affect myself so much as I dont have a business here and I have my own transportation. But there definitely seems to be more than a handful of posters that are capable of tackling the issue in a more meaningful way yielding results more to their liking?

Great idea dedicated websites put it all online so people can read every victim reports ,media reports , forum links, dedicated sections for each scam let everyone see the truth about these crimes and corruption tourists to Thailand face daily.

Such a site exists, started by the father of a girl that was a victim in the hotel deaths in Chiang Mai and it is called thailand travel tragedies and is easy to find. You can submit anecdotes and press links to him by email at [email protected] his domain.

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nothings going to happen to these people, the taxi drivers are members of the red menace revolution sweeping this country

being a red gives you license to do exactly as you please, to whomever you please, without any fear of retribution from their fellow reds in authority

their motto is ''if you are not my red friend then you are my enemy''

this is only the beginning, i will get a lot worse before this country wakes up and realizes what a mistake they have made letting these thugs and their paymaster take control

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nothings going to happen to these people, the taxi drivers are members of the red menace revolution sweeping this country

being a red gives you license to do exactly as you please, to whomever you please, without any fear of retribution from their fellow reds in authority

their motto is ''if you are not my red friend then you are my enemy''

this is only the beginning, i will get a lot worse before this country wakes up and realizes what a mistake they have made letting these thugs and their paymaster take control

Utter rubbish! You're showing your ignorance.

Phuket and nearly all southerners are Democrats.

This has been going on since before Thaksin got into power.

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Maybe whats needed is a special task force of police who are actually on the ground and in the thick of it.

There could be drug tests done on these characters and licenses revoked..Maybe even rewards offered for information leading to the apprehension of those few crooks.

If Thais don't want to go against their own on this then maybe they could employ some sort of farang 'tuk tuk tourist police"

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Just another black eye for Thai tourism, which in case you have not noticed, is a dying industry. Give Thailand ten years, and they will be a tourist industry footnote. The authorities are doing NOTHING to improve Thailand on any level, for tourists. The level of arrogance is astonishing. Nothing needs to be done, because we are already so perfect, and it is beyond the Thai people to do anything wrong. Our extreme intelligence allows us to get everything right, every time. Therefore, nothing has to change. The fault lies within the fareng. If a problem occurs, it is the fault of the fareng. It is this mentality that is reducing Thailand to the tourist laughing stock of the planet. Just give it time. These tuk tuk drivers should be arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a minimum of 5 to 10 years of hard time, with fines of a 1,000,000 baht each. Do you know how quickly the problems would stop? Overnight. The toy police are doing nothing, and are apathetic, and incompetent as usual. In other words, business as usual. But, not for long.

That may be because the tourists don't vote, tuk-tuk and taxi drivers do. Not only they vote (in local elections) but they all fix their vote for their man in the authorities.

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Maybe whats needed is a special task force of police who are actually on the ground and in the thick of it.

There could be drug tests done on these characters and licenses revoked..Maybe even rewards offered for information leading to the apprehension of those few crooks.

If Thais don't want to go against their own on this then maybe they could employ some sort of farang 'tuk tuk tourist police"

Money rules the world. It seems that some of the responsible persons from the police and the City Hall are involved in this business. Dogs don’t eat dogs.

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Nice of the police to tell him to head off to the hospital and then come back to complain.

I would have thought the police would have either taken him there or called an ambulance. Surely anyone beaten about the head could be a danger on the roads, he may have even blacked out and ran into a group of tuk tuk drivers.

Pretty callous, wouldn't you think? When considering the possible motivations for this apparent apathy, one is not surprised.

They haul you in for being under the influence, but tell you to leave when you are bleeding and mentally impaired from a blow to the head from an iron rod.

Funny when one considers that the victim must go to the police to report a crime. Where I come from, the police are there in a matter of minutes. This is an island isn't it? Can't be too difficult to get a round can it?

The BS is so think you can cut it with a knife.

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Phuket News had the story first as I tipped them off to this first.

Didn't think the Gazette even worked on Sundays. At this point they just taken the info from Phuket News.

Why was the thread closed and moved? PHuket News and the Phuket Wan both had first hand interviews with people involved.

Note to jimmi007 (you can also hear the story 1st hand at your favourite corner as that is who relayed it to me).

Personally I am impressed that the local Thai tour operations manager has come forward as last time his driver was nearly assaulted in Karon he did not want to take it to the press nor any other incidents of extortion.

I have been asking him for years... and he is very very private and even keeled. So kudos to him.

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As I said the problem doesn't affect myself at all.... but it does remain a problem. Im positive that for everyone 1 person who reports something negative about tuktuks/jetskis there are 100's of people who ARENT posting about their awesome awesome experiences in phuket.

Theres clearly a contingent of people who this REALLY strikes a chord with though, and it would be refreshing to see them take up this issue in a different manner than on the circular logical message boards of deaf ears.

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