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Grab Bike and Uber MOTO motorcycle taxi services ordered to stop operations

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BANGKOK: -- Grab Bike and Uber MOTO motorcycle taxi service providers have been told to stop their operations otherwise they will face legal actions.

Representatives of the two companies were invited to the Land Transport Department today (Tuesday) for a meeting with Mr Nanthapong Cherdcho, deputy director-general of the department and representatives from the first army division, Metropolitan Police Bureau and Pathumwan municipal police to be informed of the regulations governing motorcycle taxi services.

Mr Nanthapong said that the two companies were warned before to stop their operations but it was discovered that the warning was ignored and the illegal services continue unabated with the two companies announcing openings for new motorbike riders and publicizing their services in the social media.

He said Grab Bike and Uber MOTO services are unfair to the traditional motorcycle taxi services which are governed by rules laid down by the National Council for Peace and Order. The two providers may be considered as criminal influential figures for illegally operating public transport services, he added.

He explained that motorcycle taxi drivers must have a special license, a vest, an ID card and their vehicles must be registered for use in public transport services.

He disclosed that a crackdown would be launched against the illegal motorcycle taxi drivers who, when caught, will be fined 2,000 baht for illegall providing services to others, 1,000 baht for not dressing properly and another 1,000 baht for not having a special license.

Mr Nanthapong then urged members of the public not to use the services of the illegal motorcycle taxi drivers.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/163638

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-- Thai PBS 2016-05-18

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No Really, Govt Tells GrabBike and UberMoto, What You’re Doing is Illegal
By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Staff Reporter

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GrabBike taxi operators in a promotional image posted Feb. 3. Photo: Grab / Facebook

BANGKOK — Two alternative motorcycle taxi services were summoned by authorities Tuesday and told to get off the road for a second time.

After ignoring a March order to cease operations, representatives of GrabBike and UberMoto were called in again by transportation officials who told them they present unfair competition to traditional motorcycle taxis, who have faced stricter regulation under military rule.

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463481221&typecate=06&section=

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-- Khaosod English 2016-05-18

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Why not give them the chance to get that special driverslicense (which allows one to drive against traffic) and the vest?

If they obey all the rules they deserve a fair chance on the market.

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I think the likes of Uber are far better especially in places like Melbourne Australia. They are cheaper, more reliable, clean and the drivers speak English. I would never get into a filthy taxi in Melbourne the stench and odour is overpowering and you can't communicate with the driver because they don't speak English. Uber is the way to go world wide.

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Funny how they just discovered that their cease to continue operations order was ignored and that they will now start to crackdown on them. Why aren't they cracking down on those other supposedly legal vested drivers that scam and con every foreigners with jacked rates in Bangkok. They can't even enforce their own preferred drivers yet here they want to crackdown on others for competing.

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This is reminiscent of the thinking behind the idea a few months ago to strongarm the cheap flight carriers into raising their prices because the poor old deathtrap crap wagon buses couldn't compete. Shagwitted thinking at it's best I want to say, but that's not true, it's all financially motivated and I dislike that even more than plain old fuzzy Thai logic.

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He who pays the piper calls the tune.

As every/any innovation which will improve services products or peoples lives is stymied because of the corrupt links between vested interests and the regulators , so this country will fall further and further behind...

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I think the likes of Uber are far better especially in places like Melbourne Australia. They are cheaper, more reliable, clean and the drivers speak English. I would never get into a filthy taxi in Melbourne the stench and odour is overpowering and you can't communicate with the driver because they don't speak English. Uber is the way to go world wide.

What an absolute load of dribble.

I have ridden in Melbourne taxis hundreds of times and never once experienced what you describe.

The drivers are usually Indian but do speak English and have GPS to guide them if they need it.

The taxis are always late models and clean.

Their ID is prominently displayed, they have security cameras fitted and are in constant communication with their base.

i have no idea why you wrote that.

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It's called "Competition" and Thailand doesn't like that word. It comes right on the heals another unfavorable word - "Progress".

In an open market, the consumers determine the success or failure of the product.

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He disclosed that a crackdown would be launched against the illegal motorcycle taxi drivers who, when caught, will be fined 2,000 baht for illegall providing services to others, 1,000 baht for not dressing properly and another 1,000 baht for not having a special license.

Strewth, one would get less of a rap for running their merc into a horde of innocents!

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Generational divide becoming apparent here.

Difference between the Melbourne and Bangkok Uber example here is that ultimately all the marginalised motos taxis in BKK will get uberfied and adjust, whereas that cultural transition cannot happen in Melbourne taxis because of economic commitment that uber jeopardises.

Uber is ultimately inflationary in any event simply because it has found market position and must pay itself.

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Self driving vehicles..the future is bright, except for transportation mafia.

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... "traditional motorcycle taxi services which are governed by rules laid down by the National Council for Peace and Order" ... rules? What rules!

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I think the likes of Uber are far better especially in places like Melbourne Australia. They are cheaper, more reliable, clean and the drivers speak English. I would never get into a filthy taxi in Melbourne the stench and odour is overpowering and you can't communicate with the driver because they don't speak English. Uber is the way to go world wide.

Depends, mate caught uber, well booked one, turned up wrong time, he ended up catching a normal taxi to airport in Sydney, he's wife said uber driver was rude, and english was very vague !!

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