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Marut the killer Phuket airport taxi driver is still behind the wheel

Marut the killer Phuket airport taxi driver is still behind the wheel

PHUKET: Marut Puangbanjong, the Phuket airport taxi driver found guilty in November of two charges against him for reckless driving that resulted in a six-vehicle wipeout and the death of motorbike rider in peak-hour traffic more than a year ago, has yet to present himself to the Phuket Land Transport Office to have his commercial driver’s licence suspended.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 27 February 2020, 04:50PM


The scene of the wipeout accident on Thepkrasattri Rd more than 15 moths ago. Photo: Seang Prachachon Kon Phuket / Facebook

The scene of the wipeout accident on Thepkrasattri Rd more than 15 moths ago. Photo: Seang Prachachon Kon Phuket / Facebook

Marut in November was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for the wipeout on Thepkrasattri Rd in October 2018, which occurred while a tourist who just landed in Phuket was still in the taxi, but the sentence was later commuted on appeal to two years’ suspended sentence on a B200,000 good behaviour bond.

In total, Marut spent 28 days behind bars for his deadly driving. (See story here.)

Phuket Land Transportation Office (PLTO) Chief Policy Specialist Praprai Sounkul confirmed to The Phuket News last week that Marut had until Tuesday (Feb 25) to present himself to the PLTO to explain his actions and face a three-month ban on driving any commercial passenger vehicles.

However, Mr Prapai confirmed to The Phuket News yesterday that Marut failed to present himself.

Regardless, Mr Prapai declined to explain any further measures to be taken against Marut, who was allowed to continue to pick up and drop off passengers at Phuket International Airport and across the island during the whole year it took to bring him to trial.

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With his commercial driver’s licence still not suspended or revoked, he is still allowed to continue to carrying tourists as passengers today.

Asked whether Marut’s licence will be suspended in absentia, Mr Prapai told The Phuket News, “I will not do anything with Marut’s license until I talk with him.

"I will suspend his licence for a period of up to three months,” he added.

Asked why the PLTO is refusing to act on a court verdict, Mr Prapai said, “I cannot use any other source of confession to proceed the banning. I want to ask him by myself.”

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malczx7r | 01 March 2020 - 13:57:16

Clearly the taxi mafia! Autospell!!!

malczx7r | 01 March 2020 - 13:56:14

Xlearlybthevtaxi mafia are still in charge, he needs to talk to the guy, seems being convicted by the courts isn't enough, the governor is now the new self appointed judge but contradicts himself as before he stated he couldn't do anything till the court verdict, utterly corrupt in in the pockets of the untouchable taxi mafia who really run Phuket!!

Timothy | 01 March 2020 - 09:28:01

Another example of useless government officials most likely being "influenced" to look the other way. Same like the Marine dept. and the speed boat drivers, water/sanitation dept. and "black water" coming from hotels, wildlife officials that think it's perfectly ok for baby elephants to be chained and fed bananas all day. Pathetic. 

seht1912 | 28 February 2020 - 20:06:42

Is there a photo or other reference of ID to help me avoid using his taxi please?

Capricornball | 27 February 2020 - 22:01:06

Oh, the absurdity of it all. I just read that the Gov'nr is pursuing a person that made a Facebook posting with a possible jail term up 8 years and/or a fine of up to B160,000. Here this murderous taxi clown is still out pixcking up tourists and blowing off his notice to appear.  This guy should be done...period, forever.

CaptainJack69 | 27 February 2020 - 19:51:22

This is the same guy who insisted he had to wait for a court verdict before he could take any action what-so-ever. Now he has a 100% confirmed verdict AND order from the court and still  does nothing, instead saying he has to talk to the convict (is that the right word when you're no longer just a "suspect?). This guy is clearly corrupt and needs removing.

Fascinated | 27 February 2020 - 19:31:47

This is just obscene- who is the power behind Marut and why is he allowed to get away with this. An absolute disgrace and just shows the contempt taxi drivers have for the 'law'. Any decent country would have locked him up.

fulviahf | 27 February 2020 - 19:00:35

Just shows how honest Thai law is .. Just shows how honest all Thai people are.. 

Kurt | 27 February 2020 - 18:17:53

How to take any Official, from top ( governor) down the line serious with this criminal. It is unbelievable. how weak and non-authority thai officials are. Nothing justify that Marut the killer is not in prison, and even still on the road. Shame on Phuket Officials. Tourists, be careful, your life can be in danger on Phuket roads with  Officials here not care about you.

biggles72 | 27 February 2020 - 17:39:14

As Always. Patyhetic goverment, useless government agencies, corruption, lack of oversight and management. Stupid. Going backwards. Nothing good for the public.

 

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