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Tricks of the trade: Why tourists might pay 2,540 baht for a taxi ride in Bangkok!

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Tricks of the trade: Why tourists might pay 2,540 baht for a taxi ride in Bangkok!

 

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Image: Sanook

 

BANGKOK: -- Four Chinese tourists were charged 2,540 baht for a ride from the airport to their downtown Bangkok hotel yesterday.

 

But the seemingly random and exorbitant figure - perhaps five times what it should be - is a ruse used by rogue taxi drivers to con unsuspecting tourists.

 

A taxi driver who heard about the case told sanook.com that 2540 is a code used by the Land Transport department when checking the proper function of the meter in taxis.

 

Taxi drivers just have to press a button and the code comes up on the screen as if it was the actual fare. The driver said this was used to con people.

 

It appears to be common knowledge among taxi drivers.

 

But the staff at the Tara Place Hotel in Sam Sen Road near the river smelt an obvious rogue taxi rat. They contacted the Land Transport Department with the number and registration detains of the cab in question.

 

He will have some explaining to do.

 

No mention was made in the report if the tourists forked out the 2,540 baht demanded. The fare from Suvarnabhumi to that area of town would likely be around 500 - 600 baht.

 

Source: Sanook

 
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12 minutes ago, webfact said:

He will have some explaining to do.

 

Don't give him the chance. Get him behind bars where he belongs.

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500/600 baht even that is way over, its about 300 baht tops for downtown BANGKOK

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Transcription of the number is incorrect in the OP headline...

Should be 2540, not 2450.

 

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I had one recently - my own fault for doing my usual find-a-cab on the 4th floor because I had too much baggage. So in the basement I pressed the button and a ticket was dispensed with the lane number. I had one of those big Toyota Innova vans or whatever they're called. Really pleasant ride to my condo in Sukhumvit..fare was correct at around Bht280 on the meter and he was a nice guy, yakking about the cool customers he meets..so I gave him Bht350. He said 'oh no....because this is a big cab you must pay Bht600.' I said 'ok..moment.'. Removed my baggage and trundled it into the lobby and ignored his shouting and ranting about 'kee-nok farangs'. 

 

My last arrival last weekend...when I was in the baggage hall - again with a lot of baggage, I called for a Grab Limo who picked me up on the 4th floor. So much easier. 

 

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they full as sleep and the driver dont want to wake  up them 5555

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2 hours ago, bangkapi said:

Transcription of the number is incorrect in the OP headline...

Should be 2540, not 2450.

 

Thanks for that most important piece of information.

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3 hours ago, daveAustin said:

 

Don't give him the chance. Get him behind bars where he belongs.

Make the punishment fit the crime. Wash taxi's for 6 months. Jail is to easy. Rehab the lad. 

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Got one of those too, his meter was very very fast.

Another taxi explained to me that he has 3 speed on his meter and can activate it by pushing a simple button. 

He told me if he feels i'm very rich and not living here he would push the high speed button, but because I looked "cool" he didn't push any of those buttons.

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any and everything to make that extra Baht.  the land transport authority should make it mandatory to indicate possible taxi fares to major centres in city. i know it is impossible to list out all the destinations but any visitor with some sense should be able to make a comparative analysis.

 

the efforts of the hotel staff need a special mention to  keep matters clean.

15 minutes ago, sandgroper2 said:

Thanks for that most important piece of information.

 

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1 minute ago, JohnnyBKK said:

Got one of those too, his meter was very very fast.

Another taxi explained to me that he has 3 speed on his meter and can activate it by pushing a simple button. 

He told me if he feels i'm very rich and not living here he would push the high speed button, but because I looked "cool" he didn't push any of those buttons.

That statement would sure get me boiling. 

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3 hours ago, daveAustin said:

 

Don't give him the chance. Get him behind bars where he belongs.

this is case of deliberate cheating. deterrent sentence is in order.

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You have just been on a plane for 5 hours , or more if your from US or EU maybe 20 plus, your tied need a shower and a cold beer . Oh and by the way that will be 2540 B - Welcome to LOS . 

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They will fine him 500 baht which will still make this con very profitable.

No accountability, no end to the rip offs.

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3 hours ago, daveAustin said:

 

Don't give him the chance. Get him behind bars where he belongs.

Behind bars!! Really? A bit harsh in my view. Yes a slap on the wrist and a final warning if he does it again he loses his license,,, and a full apology to the tourists.

 

Don't think he belongs behind bars just yet.

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