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Huge changes proposed for Phuket’s taxi and tuk-tuk system


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but dont forge that it's not 4Baht per KM of Gas that they spent. They have engines running on LPG, so in Bangkok a Taxi told me they pay about 2.5 Baht per KM.

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A good step forward, but instead of "proposing", just make it the law. While officials are at it, make the tuk tuks also use metres ( and if they don't do so, they get fined 10K baht) as well as allow any licensed and regulated vehicle to pick up anyone anywhere. If any group gets caught threatening violence to any driver, away to gaol they go. Everyone has a phone with video recordings these days, so proof will be easy to come by.

I can understand the confusion here, as our US friends have a non-metric system, but 'METERS' are used for measuring things such as power and water, and METRES is the INTERNATIONAL system for measurement - kilometres, millimetres.

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Don't hold your breath, proposal after proposal, they have the backing of the army, are they going to police it ?

Give it six months and we all can review it, if its working ,well and good, but as in the past in this Country its been all hot air, and usually not followed through, lets hope im wrong this time.

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Why not have the same rates as Bangkok - a congested city where taxis have no choice in extended traval times. The rates and distances proposed by Phuket are still expensive vs Bangkok and that just smacks of influential manipulation:

Bangkok Thb 35 first 3km - Phuket Thb 50 first 2km (effective Thb 75 firdt 3km)

Bangkok Thb 5 per km after that - Phuket Thb 10 to 12 Thb per km.

So this great proposal is still more than 100 percent on the cost of a taxi in Bangkok.

So it is still bullshit.

Everything in Phuket is 100 percent more expensive than Bangkok.

Why it remains a popular tourist destination remains a mind boggling mystery to me.

as far as Taxis goes there's about 350 customers per head in Phuket while in Bangkok there's about 250

Considering most people are concentrated in one small area in Phuket.......The Beach there's little wonder prices are so high.

Too many taxis not enough people

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Don't hold your breath, proposal after proposal, they have the backing of the army, are they going to police it ?

Give it six months and we all can review it, if its working ,well and good, but as in the past in this Country its been all hot air, and usually not followed through, lets hope im wrong this time.

If they do police it and half the taxi drivers disappear what then?

What do eg 3000-5000 unemployed taxi drivers do in a holiday resort?

I hate to think

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Don't hold your breath, proposal after proposal, they have the backing of the army, are they going to police it ?

Give it six months and we all can review it, if its working ,well and good, but as in the past in this Country its been all hot air, and usually not followed through, lets hope im wrong this time.

If they do police it and half the taxi drivers disappear what then?

What do eg 3000-5000 unemployed taxi drivers do in a holiday resort?

I hate to think

smile.png .... that's when your Thai friends will tell you : "Don't think too much!" wai.gif

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Very nice move, and a bit ouverdue I guess.

Last month my family vacation to Phuket literally got spoiled becuase of unreasonable and illegal demand of taxi drivers at every step.

Taxi guys were far more innivative than just overcharging. Has anyone heard of a rule that says no more than two passengers per taxi. I found it atrocious.

I feel that Phuket tends to lse majorly on its status as a favourite tourist destination becuase of Txi-Trouble. Best part is that when tourists dry up the taxi drivers can simply drive away and start operating in some other location. But what about the rest of hospitality industry who have millions and billions invested in immovable property?

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Thanks LIK for the link in the other thread.

It will be interesting how the unmetered tuk-tuks compete with pricing against air conditioned metered taxis.

They would want to be a lot cheaper, or they will go broke, real fast.

I would like to see them make tuk-tuks flat fare. Eg. Patong to Kata - XXX baht. No haggling. No threats of violence. No changing of the price at the other end.

If the Phuket tuk-tuks refuse to opereate like baht buses, make them just like an ordinary bus - customers pay flat fare.

"I would like to see them make tuk-tuks flat fare. Eg. Patong to Kata - XXX baht. No haggling. No threats of violence. No changing of the price at the other end. "

All tuk-tuk drivers change the price when you arrive destination, have always done and will always do, if you not accept be ready to get beaten up or in worst case stabbed.

My advice: avoid tuk-tuks at all cost coffee1.gif

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