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Army calls for Phuket taxi, van drivers to get licences

PHUKET: At the behest of the Royal Thai Army, the Phuket Land Transportation Office is calling for all drivers of public transport vehicles, including taxi, van and bus drivers, to apply for their commercial drivers’ licences.

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Thursday 16 February 2017, 11:22AM

The call for taxi and van drivers to get licences came in an official notice from the PLTO, received by The Phuket News yesterday (Feb 15) but dated Feb 10, titled “Training and testing for public transportation driving licence (Special class)… As in the policy of public transportation arrangement to support Phuket tourism.”

“The Army Region 4 base in Nakhon Sri Thammarat together with the Phuket Provincial Office are in the process of solving tourism problems in Phuket for safety and correctness,” said the notice.

“This is to make sure that tourists will get efficient service and be more confident when they are travelling in Phuket. This also is to make a good image for Phuket.

“The PLTO by order of the Secretary of the Public Transportation Management Committee is working on the (issues of) drivers’ uniforms, driving licences, fares, grabbing customers and exploitation of customers,” the notice added.

The PLTO will hold “special training and testing for drivers who don’t have a driving licence” from Feb 24-26. “Normally, we have this testing only once a month,” the notice said.

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Training and testing for public transportation driving licences, namely taxis and other “green plate” commercial passenger vehicles, will be held on Feb 24, the PLTO said.

Applicants must provide a copy of their ID card, a copy of their house registration (tabien baan), a copy of their five-year personal driving licence and a doctor’s certificate.

Training and testing for driving licences for other commercial drivers, such as those operating hotel or tour vehicles, will be on Feb 25-26. Applicants must provide a copy of their ID card, a copy of their house registration and a doctor’s certificate.

“To all public transportation operators, tourism operators, hotel operators and others that use public transport vehicles in your business, please send your drivers that don’t have a public transport vehicle driving licence to train and test on the above dates by submitting the drivers’ names with documents and send to the PLTO by Feb 23,” the notice said.

“Any questions, please call 076 214 930,” it added.



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malczx7r | 20 February 2017 - 17:43:15

Well said Benpendejo, the standard of driving here is disgraceful yet the RTP and anyone in charge has no idea how to stop it.
Seems those in charge are as clueless as the drivers, I'm actually thinking a lack of forward thinking and problem solving in the education system could be the problem, the education tangent may not be as far wrong as some suggest, I know a Filipino English teacher in a Phuket school and even she said that those in charge have no concept of planning ahead!

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Eagle | 18 February 2017 - 10:58:58

BenPendejo,i agree with your opinion about the driving style of the taxi driver.Everyone know this.But a few years more or less of school education wont make any difference.Not here and not in any other country.

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BenPendejo | 17 February 2017 - 23:55:52

@Eagle... yes Eagle... a high school diploma is probably not required anywhere that I know of, but my original statement was implying that many of these taxi and minivan drivers are so ignorant, as Kurt mentioned, that they seem to be unable to recognize potential not realize that certain conditions require an adjustment in speed and braking, and they have a complete disregard for their own safety, let alone the safety of tourists that this country so desperately relies on.  Most of these morons seem to lack even a minimal degree of intelligence or knowledge needed to perform this relatively simple task.  That is why they have the 2nd worse road fatality rate on the Planet (which would probably be rated #1 if the RTP didn't lie about their accident fatalities)

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Eagle | 17 February 2017 - 19:33:55

Kurt,how do you know what school level most thai taxi driver have?Did you asked them when you needed one?But anyway ,although you wrote a lot,you could not give an answer to my question.It is hopeless with you.

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Kurt | 17 February 2017 - 16:34:45

@Eagle: Practice of the day on Phuket, Eagle, Practice on the road with taxis, minivans and busses.
All the unneeded tragic accidents.
Most thai drivers have just a secondary school level, that of a 12 year old kid in Singapore.
( yes, I know you go to say something about that).
Complete lack of responsibility, no anticipation ability at the road while driving.
Well, fact that the thai army now steps in to all of this proves something, yes?
Of course it is not a high school diploma,( secondary school level Singapore) but education, mentally able to drive tourists safe. Able to think/adjust speed to situation.

As long all these professional drivers excuse themselves about brake failure and wet/slippery roads, they are a danger on the road. 
Poor tourists who experience that daily, as publiced here in PN and other newspapers.

And yes, Eagle, a good call of the Army that all these tourist transporting thai road pirates get a license!  Yes?

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Eagle | 17 February 2017 - 15:43:23

Kurt,do you really think a higher education makes someone a better driver?And again,in what country do they need a high school diploma for driving a taxi?You are an educated person,but still you  writing stupid comments most of the day,so why shouldnt a less educated person be a good driver?

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kangaloowest | 17 February 2017 - 04:41:00

Absolutely Laughable again,
What a bunch of deadbeats,

“This is to make sure that tourists will get efficient service and be more confident when they are travelling in Phuket. 
This also is to make a good image for Phuket.

Just more stupid Lip-Service !!

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Kurt | 16 February 2017 - 20:06:10

Are Thai Authorities declaring that many 'professional' drivers don't have the proper driving license to be allowed to drive tourists on Phuket? ( public transportation driving license)
How is that possible? So easy to check at Phuket International Airport on incoming outgoing taxi and minivan drivers.
What is wrong on Phuket, that such is not happening?
We all know the answer.
The thai Prime Minister General should appoint 1 of his Ministers at Phuket, just 2 days every week, to monitor the local Phuket authorities.

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Kurt | 16 February 2017 - 19:49:11

A Thai high school diploma is not to much to ask.
It is almost the level of a Singapore secondary education school level.
So absolutely not a bit of a overreaction, as long thai education not comes near that of Malaysia and Singapore ( AEC!)
...Fair idea of BenPendejo...

And check any tourist transport car departing Phuket International Airport on guns, machetes, steel bars and knifes.
Convince the tourist transporting Phuket drivers that they live on a holiday island, not a war zone!
And speeding is not needed, coz nobody along the Phuket road sites is trying to shoot them!
Sounds funny, but there was a minivan driver telling that to arriving Phuket tourists. 
Guess just a wrong joke of a mental ill Phuket driver.

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rawaiozman | 16 February 2017 - 18:49:37

So what this article is saying is "X" amount of current commercial drivers on the road are NOT REGISTERED / LICENSED..... that's very enlightening and will go a long way (NOT) in helping with tourists confidence for coming here... UNBELIEVABLE!!

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