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Phuket’s Patong taxi, tuk-tuk drivers win parking space reprieve

PHUKET: Hundreds of Patong van, taxi and tuk-tuk drivers today (July 3) won their plea to at least delay the rolling out of the provincial government’s parking plan to slash the number of parking spaces occupied by the iconic vehicles along the streets of Phuket’s key tourism town.

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By Premkamon Ketsara

Monday 3 July 2017, 05:49PM


The drivers massed at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning, with scores of their vehicles parked across the road at Sanaam Chai (Victory Field), to drive their point home and have the voices heard in a meeting inside Provincial Hall.

Present at the meeting were officers from the Royal Thai Army, Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn Chuasawad and the newly installed Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech, as well as 27 other representatives from the various stakeholders.

Their plea today was in response to plans unveiled on May 18 to reduce the number of taxi, van and tuk-tuk ranks in Patong from 84 to just 21.

A mass gathering of the Patong drivers at Provincial Hall on May 24 saw that plan deferred until further “negotiations” were held. (See story here.)

“Today, we stand united as more than hundred drivers to ask for kindness from the Phuket Provincial Office for two things: First, to slow on reducing the number of taxi and tuk-tuk ranks to 21; and second, to give allow us to have 28 more ranks, to give us a total of 49 ranks in the Patong area,” explained Anan Pluemjit, one drivers’ representatives.

“Having fewer places to park taxis and tuk-tuks will have a great effect on drivers in Patong,” he said. “There are no places for us to park. Land in Patong is too expensive and nobody allows to park on their land.

“We had a meeting and we all agree that 21 taxi and tuk-tuk ranks is not suitable.” Mr Anan added.

In concluding discussions today, Phuket Vice Governor Siwaporn noted, “At this meeting we can only agree delay the enforcement of the rules for one month, so there will be no arrests and no fines issued until August 3. Until then, everything will still the same.

However, V/Gov Siwaporn added, “To be granted the extra 28 ranks, that is up to the Public Transportation Management Committee to decide.”

 

 

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Thai truth | 04 July 2017 - 13:14:24

martinK is correct, class act media should organize a protest of the masses that are against the tuk tuk, taxi and jet ski mafias. A Sunday afternoon so that the people of Phuket could take a stand against these people that does so much damage to Phuket. Also lobby for taxi prices in line with Bangkok rates. I for one would love to show support to rid this island of these vermin.

CaptainJack69 | 04 July 2017 - 13:00:08

"Having fewer places to park taxis and tuk-tuks will have a great effect on drivers in Patong". Yes, good effects. The customers would be happier and the locals would hate them less. Also they would start to understand that they can't just do what-ever they like so their general reputation would improve too.

"There are no places for us to park (in Patong)". Duuuuurgh. Th...

peter rawai | 04 July 2017 - 08:52:29

21 ranks is plenty they just take up all the parking spaces and abuse and threaten anyone else who wants to use them
A feeder rank outside of Patong will fix the problem, 21 patong ranks topped up by the feeder rank, they all have phones, it would be easy to set up and stop the traffic problems caused by the taxis and tuk tuk\'s

Bigaresort | 04 July 2017 - 08:08:48

There is only one way,Dont use them!same like Jet Ski!There is no other way.Walk short way\'s,like going to the beach and back.But no its to hard we are on vacation!

Nasa12 | 04 July 2017 - 07:56:57

Simon01@ 150 % agree whit you Simom01.

MartinK | 03 July 2017 - 23:53:53

Unfortunately the thousands of toursists who will never come back to Phuket, or the thousands more who avoid Patong were unavailable to mass protest the current situation and protect their interests because they have all moved on to other tourist areas. So instead, the tuk-tuks not only get to keep the parking spots they have, continue to threaten anyone who tries to park in Patong, additionally t...

Discover Thainess | 03 July 2017 - 20:05:56

And on Aug 3rd it will be delayed again, until it's all forgotten about and the matter goes away. @Simin is quite correct, they don't need more than 10. Anyone going around Patong can see hundreds of these vehicles taking up every single space just sitting there all day shouting "taxi, taxi" to anyone who walks past. Why shout about it, there is a not a single space without one p...

skip | 03 July 2017 - 18:50:39

there are too many tuk tuk"s per capita in patong forcing the prices up due to lack of customers. Reduce the amount to a sustainable level and its a win win for the drivers, tourists, parking and the amount of fares acquired per day. Start buying back licences gradually and start phasing them out. I cant see any other solution. Greedy regulators and selling too many licences has caused this s...

simon01 | 03 July 2017 - 18:13:00

The only correct statement here is 21 tuk tuk ranks is not suitable. It should be 10. They park two or three blocking roads. The race each other causing accidents. They are a major cause of tourists not going to Patong. They are violent thugs. I guess the only reason they are still here is they threatened violence to anyone opposing them and agreed to pay some officials for delaying the move as no...

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