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Mobile app driver confirmed as attacker in Karon taxi brawl

Mobile app driver confirmed as attacker in Karon taxi brawl

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police has issued an official statement clarifying the initial reports of a taxi ’controversy’ in Karon which ended up with one driver hitting another on the head with a wheel wrench. It has been confirmed that the wrench-wielder was not the driver from the hotel taxi queue but the other legally registered Phuket cabbie who received an order via inDriver app and came to pick up his passenger from the hotel.

Saturday 8 April 2023, 03:52PM


Both parties have been charged following the Karon taxi brawl on Apr 6. Photo: Phuket Provincial Police, Phuket Info Center

Both parties have been charged following the Karon taxi brawl on Apr 6. Photo: Phuket Provincial Police, Phuket Info Center

The clarification was posted by Phuket Provincial Police after 9pm on Friday night (Apr 7) when the initial video from the scene and confirmation of the incident by Phuket Info Center had already gone viral online. Neither the video, nor the Phuket Info Center report explained what exactly happened in Karon. The corresponding The Phuket News story was posted around 7pm after several attempts to get additional information.

According to Phuket Provincial Police, the brawl between two taxi drivers took place at around 7.40pm on Thursday (Apr 6) in front of Destination Resort Phuket Karon Beach named in the report as ’Distinechn Risort Karon’. The men involved were identified as Chayakorn Chaitisuk, 50, and Noppadol Changlek, 34. 

On the night of the ’controversy’, Mr Chayakorn, a registered Phuket taxi driver, received an order via inDriver mobile application which is yet to be recognised by the Department of Land Transport (DLT) and its office in Phuket (PLTO). 

Mr Chayakorn drove his ’greet plate’ Toyota sedan to Destination Resort and picked up the passenger. Mr Chayakorn already had his passenger in the vehicle and was about to drive away, when he was approached by Mr Noppadol from Destination Resort’s taxi queue. 

Mr Noppadol asked Mr Chayakorn if he had received the order via a mobile application and stressed that it was illegal to do so using inDriver. Mr Chayakorn argued it was not. 

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According to the Phuket Provincial Police report, the verbal confrontation escalated to the point when Mr Chayakorn grabbed a wheel wrench out of his Toyota and smashed Mr Noppadol on the head. Mr Noppadol fought back with his fists. 

The fight was at some point stopped by an unnamed third person. It was not clarified if the passenger remained in the car during the brawl or got out. 

After the incident both drivers visited Chalong Hospital for medical examination and made statements at Karon Police. The report says that the men confessed that they “had voluntarily quarreled and physically abused each other”. As a result, both Mr Chayakorn and Mr Noppadol were charged with engaging in a fight and creating nuisance in a public place as well as causing physical or mental harm to another person. 

The court verdict is expected on May 17. Adcha Buachan, Chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has already said that after this his agency will consider suspension or revocation of the driving license of the guilty party as per court decision. 

“PLTO asks public taxi drivers to comply with the laws to help promote Phuket tourism image”, Mr Adcha added.

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Fascinated | 09 April 2023 - 11:27:59

No one cares if apps are 'recognised'- they are more concerned about the behaviour of taxi thugs. As always no comment about actions, just 'image'. That 'image' was damaged years ago.

Jimmy888 | 09 April 2023 - 10:37:48

Lol, welcome to the zoo. Tourists, you should avoid taxis at all costs! Always use a reputable ride share app, songthaew or bus.  Taxi drivers in Phuket are criminal mafia members and price fixers - never ever to be trusted.

JohnC | 09 April 2023 - 09:05:36

Great to see other taxi drivers standing up to the PLTO thugs and giving them a taste of their own medicine. Som nom na.

Kakka2 | 08 April 2023 - 16:11:08

PN pls follow up on the court verdict on 17th May... let see what other BS they will come up with or might have just been another miss understanding...

Kakka2 | 08 April 2023 - 16:07:06

InDrive and BOLT should be the only 2 app for taxi and other then that should only be Taxi Meter, like in BKK, why here is different ? are we in another country? and the guy in no time use a metal tube and hit right in the head of the other? really this is just a jungle and the worst are the PLTO that are a mafious governing body in this sacred island.. .. dismantle the PLTO  asap.. 

 

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