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Phuket crackdown on illegal taxis includes foreigners

Phuket crackdown on illegal taxis includes foreigners

PHUKET: Phuket transport authorities have launched an active campaign to crack down on ‘green plate’ taxis from outside Phuket coming onto the island to serve passengers, private vehicles being used illegally as taxis ‒ and to catch any foreigners providing any taxi services.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 9 February 2023, 10:24AM

Officers from the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) set up a checkpoint at the police box on Phra Baramee Rd in Kathu to catch any illegal taxis heading from Patong towards Phuket Town yesterday (Feb 8).

PLTO Chief Adcha Buachan said that the officers were “checking” taxis with green licence plates that were registered in Bangkok, and any private cars being used illegally as taxis.

Of note, previous “checks” on green-plate taxis by the PLTO in the past week has resulted in legal action against the drivers for operating a taxi illegally in Phuket.

However, officials reports of the checks conducted yesterday made no mention of legal action against any ‘out-of-province’ taxis caught.

The crackdown on fully legal taxis from outside Phuket operating on the island started last week, immediately after a protest at Provincial Hall by representatives of Phuket’s leading ‘green plate’ taxi cartels.


Of particular concern were complaints of foreigners renting vehicles and using them to provide tourist shuttle services in Phuket. Mr Adcha said.

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“This greatly affects public taxi operators in Phuket. which is regarded as stealing the occupation of the Thai people,” he said.

Working as a taxi driver is an occupation reserved for Thai people only by law.

The PLTO is now working together with the Employment Office and Phuket Immigration to investigate foreigners working illegally, Mr Adcha said.

Mr Adcha assured that the PLTO was not ignoring the issue of foreigners working illegally as taxi drivers.

However, the focus on foreigners illegally providing taxi services has now been ramped up following a post online by the Phuket Info Center, operated under the Provincial Governor’s office, gaining traction, with many Thais posting comments singling out Russians as the main culprits.

Mr Adcha urged people to report any illegal activities involving taxis by informing the PLTO website, Facebook page or LINE app, or via the Department of Land Transport Complaint Center hotline 1584.

Complaints may also be submitted through the Traffy Fondue app, he said.

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JohnC | 10 February 2023 - 09:40:01

With this twisted PLTO logic every time my wife's girlfriend drives her to the airport or picks her up from there she is providing an illegal taxi service. The main reason she uses her is she TRUSTS her to drive safely and get her there without any dramas. And yes, she gets paid for doing it at about half the rip off taxi rank rate, which is all she ever asks for. Her hubby is an RTP officer t...

Prab | 09 February 2023 - 14:37:52

i can carry anyone of you for free on my day off...anyone need help?  happy to help you avoiding the mafious taxis of this jungle island 

Kurt | 09 February 2023 - 13:30:47

@Fascinated, you are very right. That is why i am in a ring of friends who drive each other safe around, including to /from airport. Avoiding the unsafe driving armed taxi/van mafia, with their weapons on board. Safety first.  Poor tourists who depend on Phuket transport cartels.

Fascinated | 09 February 2023 - 12:24:56

If I choose to take a friend to the airport and drop them off for no renumeration will they class me as an 'illegal taxi'? Equally if a non-family member and I go to Makro or Big C what is the score? Very ambiguous but lets pick on the foreigners, not the thugs bleating on about things being 'unfair'.


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