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Bangkok Squad To Tackle Phuket's Illegal Taxis

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Bangkok squad to tackle illegal taxis

Phuket Gazette

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Phuket Governor Tri said he appreciated the support from Bangkok. Photo: Warisa Temram

PHUKET: -- A team of Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials from Bangkok will arrive in Phuket in the coming weeks to tackle the island’s long-standing problems with “black plate” taxis and their drivers, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha has announced.

The move follows a number of serious complaints received by the ministry regarding “black plate” taxis, the local name for regular vehicles used illegally as taxis.

Among the complaints to be addressed are threatening behavior by drivers and unfair prices, said Gov Tri.

“We are always receiving complaints about ‘black plate’ taxis, which can be found at most tourist attractions in Phuket.

“The top complaint is that legitimate taxis can’t access certain locations where local ‘black plate’ taxi drivers operate.

“Sometimes, the drivers have tried to steal passengers from other drivers and fighting has ensued,” said Governor Tri.

Most complaints came from Patong, Kata, Karon and Sakoo, he added.

The move for Bangkok to send a team down to deal with the situation follows complaints being made directly to ministry officials in Bangkok, he said.

“I heard that people filed complaints about ‘black plate’ taxis ripping people off with the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the MoI,” said Governor Tri.

“Now the Ministry of Interior is to send an ‘ad-hoc’ team to Phuket to solve problems with ‘black plate’ taxis. They plan to come in February,” he added.

Governor Tri, who has had a difficult time with public transport issues, said he appreciated the support from Bangkok.

“We didn’t just watch the problem and do nothing about it. I set up a working committee to keep chipping away at the problems, but it takes a lot of time and effort.

One initiative, by the Phuket Land Transportation Office and Department of Local Administration, has been to encourage illegal taxi drivers to upgrade their vehicles so they could be registered as genuine taxis.

Once the “black plate” taxi was fully and legally registered as a “green plate” taxi, the driver could then continue to work as a legitimate taxi driver – with no punishment at all for the years worked outside the law.

But the project has so far enjoyed only limited success, said Gov Tri. “Some ‘black plate’ taxi drivers have registered with us. Our next step is to install meters in their cars, but there are some rules that prevent us from doing this, such as the age of the vehicles.

“Buying a new car is expensive, that’s why not many of the drivers want to register their cars as taxis and make them legal. This is why we seem so slow in solving this problem,” he said.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle12166.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-02-01

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i guess it is the local thai taxi maffia who is complaining they get some competition and off course they should get rid of all non thai (indian?) other illegal competition

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i guess it is the local thai taxi maffia who is complaining they get some competition and off course they should get rid of all non thai (indian?) other illegal competition

No, the illegal taxi's are normal members of the 'taxi maffia'.

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Vehicles are to old to be allowed to be taxis

Since when has safety been a concern in Thailand

Thai wife takes 8 people in the back of my ute when she goes out

I ask her do you think this is safe

No problem we have been doing for years........................

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i guess it is the local thai taxi maffia who is complaining they get some competition and off course they should get rid of all non thai (indian?) other illegal competition

I don't think its competition from non Thais (I may be wrong but I think Taxi driver is one of the job descriptions that is reserved for Thais only anyway).

I think its the genuine regsitered taxi drivers and tourists alike that have made complaints that the local taxi mafias don't give them a look in

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From the other article in this posted email, it looks like they never should have left Bangkok. Mafias, corruption, violence, in the land of smiles. What a crock.

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>>Our next step is to install meters in their cars, but there are some rules that prevent us from doing this.

I think the rule is called the taxi tuk tuk mafia don't want meters installed.

>>such as the age of the vehicles.

I must say many of the taxi meter cars appear to be old, on their last legs, with shoddy suspension, old worn out interiors etc.

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Just another example of the ABSOLUTE UNWILLINGNESS on the part of Thai officials to fight corruption within the LOS. Why not go after the normal taxis who charge whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want? Why go after the so called illegal taxis, when most of the licensed taxis are committing crimes every hour of every day, by refusing to use their meters? Why not tackle this problem in Samui too, where the problem is beyond rampant, and where many tourists who visit vow to NEVER RETURN, due to the inability to get a taxi to take them 3km, for less than 300 baht? The authorities here in Thailand are beyond cowards. They are inept, useless, indifferent, and bought and paid for.

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I must say many of the taxi meter cars appear to be old, on their last legs, with shoddy suspension, old worn out interiors etc.

........and they refuse to switch on their meters. Meterless meter taxis.

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LoL Some entrepreneurial police chief in Bangkok must've realized he could make a fortune in bribe money by expanding to Phuket. And he's probably right judging by the Mercedes and BMWs the taxi mafia are driving.

I was talking to a meter taxi driver coming from the airport last time I went to Phuket... he said he couldn't even come pick me up at my hotel to go back to the airport the next day. He told me he used to be able to, but the mafia got sick of him going to pick people up in their territory and showed some guns and said that was the last time he would be picking someone up.

Lord forbid the Thai police actually arrest someone for breaking the law... it's all about figuring out how they're going to profit from the crooks instead. *sigh*

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Nice pretext for taking action, as if the "licensed" taxis are any different. It is a case of reducing the competition. Don;t be surprised when a man or woman involved in the business is behind the crackdown.

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One should not forget the importance of solving this issue. Taxis are one of the first and last chances to make a good ever-lasting impression on tourists and local visitors alike. If only they knew how much money is lost by not tackling issue it would already be solved...

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they're making good impressions

Most tourist are dumbos wai'ing their taxi drivers after having paid 1k baht for 500 meters.

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