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Army warns taxi, van drivers at Phuket Airport

PHUKET: A contingent totalling 45 officers carried out a public inspection tour of Phuket International Airport yesterday (Feb 14), and warned public transport drivers, namely Phuket taxi and van drivers, to “follow the rules”.

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Wednesday 15 February 2017, 11:07AM


The “task force”, led by Col Santi Sakuntanark, commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment, comprised officers from Army Region 4 base in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, 41st Military Circle, the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, Phuket City Police, Phuket Tourist Police and the Phuket Land Transport Office.

“Phuket International Airport is like the door for welcoming tourists from around the world. Officials will inspect public transport and security to ensure these are adequate for tourists,” Col Santi said.

“For drivers’ uniforms, they should wear plain shirts and trousers, not stripes, and must wear covered shoes. The drivers must also have valid driving licences,” he added.

“Public transport drivers at the Phuket International Airport must follow the rules of the airport, and they must not get customers by themselves,” Gen Santi said.

Officials will strictly enforce the rules for security at the airport, he added.

 

 

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Kurt | 15 February 2017 - 21:44:33

How many times we see these 'officials show' already?
At beaches, at Bangla road, at Phuket airport.

It means nothing, just talks + photos.

Prove? Nothing has changed since last time the said this and this time they say it.
Phuket authorities just compromise themselve. Time after time.
Still cheating taxi meters.
Still weapons in taxis and minivans. 
Still cheating taxi- and minivan airport counter desks staff.

Why is the Phuket Governor ask for public reports?
It is day in, day out happening under his nose.
Why Governor not 'orders' to handle law enforcement wise to handle Phuket aiport the same as Bangkok is doing at Suvarnabhumi airport?
Is that so difficult? Yes, it is, Phuket officials not want that!

Since the Governor took office,  Bangla Road + many more 'roads' NEVER respected official bar closing times because of officals corruption.
And never the Phuket airport transport became fair, neat and decent.

The more Phuket officials talk, the more they 'trap' themselve in their inactivity about ever during all of it.

Phuket Governor mentioned about Phuket 'law enforcement officers'.
Who are that?  
What suppose to get actually enforced at Phuket? Where to start?

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malczx7r | 15 February 2017 - 17:18:23

"Must have a valid driving licence" 
With the state of their driving, (whilst not having taken a Thai driving test), one can only conclude that it's not worth the paper it's written on!

"must follow the rules"
Who's gonna enforce those then?

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eric dekegel | 15 February 2017 - 16:07:23

One last thing we not need this show, just do the same as in Bkk at the airport and the problem is solved, Why is this not the same in Phuket,maybe an interesting question the editor can investigate.

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eric dekegel | 15 February 2017 - 16:05:53

First of all learn the counter staff not to cheat the arriving tourists, last week both limo service companies cheated my customers one for 500 baht the other for 600 baht, after heavy complain and threaten them to make a report to AOT AND POLICE they send someone with the money back, if I not complain 2 more cheated.
What a publicity for the airport!Not that show as up on the picture will solve the real problems. One customer was malay and the other a chinese family. What a shame!I hope one of these on that nice picture are able to read and understand english, they can contact me. 

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Nasa123 | 15 February 2017 - 13:07:49

I say only 5555. If they have any bigger problem in Phuke and they havet like JET-SKI MAFIA and where the money going from this Jet-ski operator. And I wonder hu are the owner about this Jet-Ski Company ? Where can we fine out off this PN ?

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Discover Thainess | 15 February 2017 - 12:33:34

I love that a driving license seems less important than the right shoes! :-)

But what are "the rules" that they are supposed to follow. I have never managed to find a meter taxi with a meter that doesn't have a cloth over it, and a taxi to Patong is far more expensive than one in singapore where costs are far, far higher. If the "rules" are not right in the first place then HKT remains an extremely unwelcoming first touch point for tourists arriving in Phuket. And one quick visit is unlikely to ensure regular compliance, needs to be enforced daily. 

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BenPendejo | 15 February 2017 - 12:07:45

Jeez... what nonsense.  How many tourists have been complaining like..."it was terrible, my taxi driver had a striped shirt and was wearing sandals!".  They should have been testing them for drugs and alcohol, and especially for weapons stashed in their vehicles (including golf clubs, bats and machetes, etc.).  Seems that all Thai officials want to do is let the public "think" they are doing something...when in essence, nobody is concerned about making any substantive changes.  

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benvenuto | 15 February 2017 - 11:24:59

Drivers should wear plain shirts and have covered shoes ..... and have a valid licence just in case they need reminding.

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