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Bangkok Squad To Tackle Phuket's Illegal Taxis

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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

They should investigate them all, regardless of the colour of the plate, start when they get off the plane at Phuket airport with the 'Meter Taxis' who never put there meter on, they just want the same rate as the 'Limo's'.

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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...

Bib's, influential business people, "organizations" and those that collect organizations money, and all the drivers do not want to change a thing as they're all doing really well and the only lost money they worrry about is the lost money if things were run legal and above board.

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Major difference between a legal green plate taxi and an illegal white plate is

Legal taxi is inspected by DLT every 6 months. Illegal private car used as taxi is inspected first time when its 6 years old

legal taxi must carry insurnace for its passenger. many illegal do not

Legal taxi must display drivers ID, non illegal do

Legal taxis pay taxes, illegal well....

To make an illegal taxi legal it must be accepted by fiancecompany actually owning car. Not easy

Illgeal taxis pay cops to be ignored, this increase other illegal activities as they are immune to legal system

Welcome BKK, get them out of business, and give the local cops a bonus for each one they catch

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The taxi I use to go to the airport, or, who meets me at the airport and takes me home is an "illegal" taxi.

He drives safely and gives me a very reasonable price. Much better than the legal taxis.

This is all about the crooks that run the legal taxis getting rid of the competition. Be prepared for another hike in fares.

PS. Is it just my imagination, or, does the Phuket Governor look like Thaksin's brother?

Edited by KarenBravo

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The taxi I use to go to the airport, or, who meets me at the airport and takes me home is an "illegal" taxi.

He drives safely and gives me a very reasonable price. Much better than the legal taxis.

This is all about the crooks that run the legal taxis getting rid of the competition. Be prepared for another hike in fares.

PS. Is it just my imagination, or, does the Phuket Governor look like Thaksin's brother?

disagree

the illegal taxis occupy parts of the island and deny lagal taxis or any other transport access.

First step to make all taxis able to pick up anywhere at any time, is to get them all under one umbrella. Legal green plated taxis

When all taxis can pick up any pasenegr at any place at any time, prices will go down as their milage per passenger will be half, and they dont need to wait in a que all day at their place of occupancy

Next step would be to have all these taxis directed by (a) central(s), and a phonenumber to call when you need a taxi, anywhere.

Like in most countries

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Comparing legal and illegal is all good but that doesnt take into account that is is nearly NO legal taxi in Phuket.... All are mafia or mafia associated and also assigned a special zone, they are not even allowed to pick-up passenger outside their own area.

Take Taxi in Karon, to go Patong, you pay return price: the driver (even though Mafia associate) can not pick-up anyone in Patong as his area is Karon: zoning at its best smile.png

Most of green plates vehicules are hotel vehicules transporting guests....

Metered taxi at Airport? 50% chances he will stop taxi, turn off meter and ask for revised price of 2k Baht threatening tourist to not take them to destination..

Sounds like a joke TBH though, team from Bangkok will come to Phuket, take a few pictures... of Sunsets... Spend a few nights... In Bangla road bars... and be waved bye bye after their holidays....

Edit: "they have old car"... What a joke... Those illegal taxi drivers charge minimum 500-600 Baht per trip, up to 1500 Baht depending on destination, they are so minted that they would not even stop sleeping if you propose 100 baht less than their current rate... Average income? 30 to 60k up monthly depending season... They could easily buy a new car whenever needed..

Edited by CantSpell

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In the past I saw metered taxis in Phuket but when I visited a few months ago I could not find one. The ones complaining about the illegal cabs are probably the ones who chased the metered taxis away

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The taxi I use to go to the airport, or, who meets me at the airport and takes me home is an "illegal" taxi.

He drives safely and gives me a very reasonable price. Much better than the legal taxis.

This is all about the crooks that run the legal taxis getting rid of the competition. Be prepared for another hike in fares.

PS. Is it just my imagination, or, does the Phuket Governor look like Thaksin's brother?

No, not only yours. I was thinking the same. Is there some sort of facial plague started?

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Just trying to translate the Thai on the sign on his desk - can someone please correct me if possible, but does it not say "Incompetent pice of spent jet trash"?

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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.

Well might be a good move send a crook to catch a crook

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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'.

Correct.

The taxi I use to go to the airport, or, who meets me at the airport and takes me home is an "illegal" taxi.

He drives safely and gives me a very reasonable price. Much better than the legal taxis.

This is all about the crooks that run the legal taxis getting rid of the competition. Be prepared for another hike in fares.

PS. Is it just my imagination, or, does the Phuket Governor look like Thaksin's brother?

No, not only yours. I was thinking the same. Is there some sort of facial plague started?

I was thinking same.

thaksin_stamps1.jpgphuket-1-12166shOnyRTMUalxOEaEbhLGQwfZqq.jpg

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I wonder when they are going to start looking into this as it seems that a new shanty town taxi shack springs up nearly every week in Rawai.

The latest one is right on the very bad intersection of Rawai Muay Boxing Soi.

Shack and cones stopping you parking.I parked there to drop something off at the corner bar the other night and was told to move.

<deleted> em I am over giving in to these morons I left my truck there but kept a very good eye on it.

You would think with the loss of face thing here they would at least have a go at what they keep spouting on about.

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