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Taxis back at work around Phuket’s Surin Beach legally – sort of

Anthika Muangrod

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The original plan called for a taxi call centre in the tourist pavilion at Surin Beach. This now seems unlikely. Image Google Street View

PHUKET: The taxis are back again, working around Surin Beach while waiting for the authorities to decide on how the island’s taxi services should be reorganised.

Ma-Ann Samran, Chief Executive of Cherng Talay OrBorTor told The Phuket News yesterday (July 25) that some taxis in the area are operating again, but as long as they are not waiting in queues or building new exclusive stands “it’s not a problem because we are still waiting for the authorities to finalise what they want to do with taxi call centers.”

Soon after military-backed authorities demolished illegal taxi stands on public property in various parts of Phuket, it was proposed that taxis – in Cherng Talay at least – should be controlled by call centres, with drivers waiting at home to be called in.

However, the Provincial Land Transportation Department (PLTO) wants a more radical solution, with all taxis being equipped with meters and able to pick up passengers anywhere on the island, destroying the old system of taxi territories and their bitter rivalry.

The PLTO proposals have been sent to the National Council for Peace and Order for its approval.

“As a local authority, we will follow the law and the the order from the province,” Mr Ma-ann said. The organizations who are responsible are the PLTO and the police. As a local authority, we don’t have the powers to do [anything about this].

He noted that some taxis are already parking on public land again and this was “not a correct thing to do”.

But, he added, “From the locals’ point of view, they have to make a living somehow. Everything cannot be completed in one time. It must be done little by little.”

Mr Ma-Ann said it was up to the police to check whether people providing taxi services are doing it legally or not.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/taxis-back-at-work-around-phuket%E2%80%99s-surin-beach-legally-sort-of-47545.php

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-- Phuket News 2014-07-26

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...they should also educate about pride in their country, social and enviromentel issues.

Where ever I see fixed price signs or Demands - I see lay-abouts, card players... and anti-social, non-tax payers (No service - no pay)

Where I see a Metered Taxi I see busy drivers and happy local/tourists (And less cars/bikes on the road)

Well it was a thought....

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In fairness, before you make changes with a view to changes it would be handy to at least know what the changes will be, how they will impact and then implement them BEFORE starting the changes? Taxi drivers knock down your stands and go home and wait to be called from the call centre which doesn't exist seems a bit retarded. In the meantime there are people who want taxis but what are they top do if all of the taxi drivers are at home waiting for a call that will never come? Is the idea that everybody wanting a taxi calls the call centre from their mobile phone? Or will there be "taxi phones" at strategic places? will companies be able to have their own call centre like they do in the UK? Good intentions but zero thought gone into this

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"Yeah ... a call center. What a great idea." Good ideas are the easy part. Actually manifesting them and have them work successfully ... now that's the very hard part.

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In fairness, before you make changes with a view to changes it would be handy to at least know what the changes will be, how they will impact and then implement them BEFORE starting the changes? Taxi drivers knock down your stands and go home and wait to be called from the call centre which doesn't exist seems a bit retarded. In the meantime there are people who want taxis but what are they top do if all of the taxi drivers are at home waiting for a call that will never come? Is the idea that everybody wanting a taxi calls the call centre from their mobile phone? Or will there be "taxi phones" at strategic places? will companies be able to have their own call centre like they do in the UK? Good intentions but zero thought gone into this

This is the new proposal:PHUKET: -- With the Army backing them, transport officials in Phuket are moving to make radical changes to the way taxis, tuk-tuks and minibuses operate on Phuket.

If they get their way, the surly groups of taxis and tuk-tuks waiting for fares and haggling for the highest possible amount, and the multitude of exclusive taxi territories dotted around the island will be a thing of the past.

Instead, all taxis will have meters and will be obliged to use them, resulting in a situation more like that in Bangkok.

If you care to read more: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/743964-huge-changes-proposed-for-phukets-taxi-and-tuk-tuk-system/

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“As a local authority, we will follow the law and the the order from the province,” Mr Ma-ann said.

"We will not tell the police that illegal taxis are operating again, because it's not our job to do that. However, we can tell the local press, so that they can print it and maybe a police officer reads it and will do something, or nothing. Anyway, it's been a looong day digging my nose and this action here has made me tired, so I'm off to play video games, toodles."

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But, he added, “From the locals’ point of view, they have to make a living somehow. Everything cannot be completed in one time. It must be done little by little.”

yes man .....cary on like this............. little by little,................. like thai education for example!...little by little nobody knows a s.h.i..t

they are going to make a great country little by little! ............we have already seen the politic results.......little by little.... and now....? what?

here it is: a little bit old fashion but still work!

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In a last show of defiance the drivers are still sitting around exactly where their stand used to be waiting for fares, showing little or no imagination. The PLTO scheme is the best but that radical plan also proposed radically high fares at a substantial premium to Bangkok. At the proposed fares it is legitamising the rip-off. Lets bring in Uber! That will quickly destroy a market!

The proposed rate is 50B flagfall and 12B a km. Kata-Karon would be about 150B. More than double Bangkok but less than half the current rate. And since the Phuket taxi and tuk tuks charge for each additional person, it will be way cheaper for groups. Not perfect but a huge improvement.

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In fairness, before you make changes with a view to changes it would be handy to at least know what the changes will be, how they will impact and then implement them BEFORE starting the changes? Taxi drivers knock down your stands and go home and wait to be called from the call centre which doesn't exist seems a bit retarded. In the meantime there are people who want taxis but what are they top do if all of the taxi drivers are at home waiting for a call that will never come? Is the idea that everybody wanting a taxi calls the call centre from their mobile phone? Or will there be "taxi phones" at strategic places? will companies be able to have their own call centre like they do in the UK? Good intentions but zero thought gone into this

This is the new proposal:PHUKET: -- With the Army backing them, transport officials in Phuket are moving to make radical changes to the way taxis, tuk-tuks and minibuses operate on Phuket.

If they get their way, the surly groups of taxis and tuk-tuks waiting for fares and haggling for the highest possible amount, and the multitude of exclusive taxi territories dotted around the island will be a thing of the past.

Instead, all taxis will have meters and will be obliged to use them, resulting in a situation more like that in Bangkok.

If you care to read more: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/743964-huge-changes-proposed-for-phukets-taxi-and-tuk-tuk-system/

I understand the plans, I've seen that link before and it pertains only to BKK's airports (quote)>"This part of the plan has yet to receive agreement from the Phuket International Airport management, but it has been pointed out that the airport car park is a public area – technically a “special” area, but still public – so for the airport it may be legally difficult to block the entry of hundreds of meter taxis."

You have not answered any of my questions though and neither does the article you linked me to. Don't take me the wrong way as I agree that the bullyboy dimwits should be moved on, I've had run-ins with them myself when collecting a friend from a hotel, they tried to tell me I couldn't take my friends and they had to take a taxi and for me to follow. Didn't happen but theywere nasty. My point is this, okay a great plan (hopefully) but the plan is not even finalised yet (quote)>“it’s not a problem because we are still waiting for the authorities to finalise what they want to do with taxi call centers.” What is going to happen between now and whenever the call centre plans get finalised and implemented?

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In fairness, before you make changes with a view to changes it would be handy to at least know what the changes will be, how they will impact and then implement them BEFORE starting the changes? Taxi drivers knock down your stands and go home and wait to be called from the call centre which doesn't exist seems a bit retarded. In the meantime there are people who want taxis but what are they top do if all of the taxi drivers are at home waiting for a call that will never come? Is the idea that everybody wanting a taxi calls the call centre from their mobile phone? Or will there be "taxi phones" at strategic places? will companies be able to have their own call centre like they do in the UK? Good intentions but zero thought gone into this

This is the new proposal:PHUKET: -- With the Army backing them, transport officials in Phuket are moving to make radical changes to the way taxis, tuk-tuks and minibuses operate on Phuket.

If they get their way, the surly groups of taxis and tuk-tuks waiting for fares and haggling for the highest possible amount, and the multitude of exclusive taxi territories dotted around the island will be a thing of the past.

Instead, all taxis will have meters and will be obliged to use them, resulting in a situation more like that in Bangkok.

If you care to read more: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/743964-huge-changes-proposed-for-phukets-taxi-and-tuk-tuk-system/

I understand the plans, I've seen that link before and it pertains only to BKK's airports (quote)>"This part of the plan has yet to receive agreement from the Phuket International Airport management, but it has been pointed out that the airport car park is a public area – technically a “special” area, but still public – so for the airport it may be legally difficult to block the entry of hundreds of meter taxis."

You have not answered any of my questions though and neither does the article you linked me to. Don't take me the wrong way as I agree that the bullyboy dimwits should be moved on, I've had run-ins with them myself when collecting a friend from a hotel, they tried to tell me I couldn't take my friends and they had to take a taxi and for me to follow. Didn't happen but theywere nasty. My point is this, okay a great plan (hopefully) but the plan is not even finalised yet (quote)>“it’s not a problem because we are still waiting for the authorities to finalise what they want to do with taxi call centers.” What is going to happen between now and whenever the call centre plans get finalised and implemented?

They could drive around and hope they get flagged down. I saw a tuk tuk driver doing that this week around Rawai and he was busy! I also read in the Phuket Wan which I can't quote here, said something about the PLTO waiting on approval to set taxi meter fairs and require all taxis to have meters. So who really knows what's going on. We will see what happens sooner or later. The main change that has taken place is they aren't allowed to occupy pubic lands, just like beach and other vendors. New regulations are obviously still in the works to break up the taxi "associations" and restore some civility to transportation "system" on this island.

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