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Phuket taxi driver assaulted for using unregistered app

Phuket taxi driver assaulted for using unregistered app

PHUKET: A ’green plate’ taxi driver was assaulted by a fellow cabbie in front of a hotel in tambon Karon after coming to pick up a passenger who ordered a car through an application not recognised by the Department of Land Transport (DLT). The case is now being investigated by Karon Police and the Phuket office of the DLT.

By The Phuket News

Friday 7 April 2023, 06:52PM

UPDATE: Phuket Provincial Police confirmed at around 9pm on Friday night (Apr 7) that the wrench-wielder was not the driver from the hotel taxi queue but his opponent who had been accused of using an un-registered app.

Adcha Buachan, Chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO, or Phuket DLT), became aware of the most recent episode in Phuket taxi turf wars at about 8.30pm yesterday (Apr 6), Phuket Info Center reported today. 

According to the publication, Mr Adcha had to interfere after “receiving video clips and information about the controversy between public taxi drivers on Patak Rd in Karon subdistrict”. 

It was not revealed how many videos were sent to Mr Adcha and what exactly was in them. The video available to The Phuket News does not show the conflict itself but only the aftermath. Yet the screenshots posted by Phuket Info Center match the said clip.

In the video, one driver is seen standing by a Phuket-registered ’green plate’ taxi holding two wheel wrenches. Another driver is sitting by the vehicle holding his head. The off-camera announcer explained that the latter had been hit on the head for coming to pick up a passenger who placed an order via a mobile application not registered with the DLT. 

The date, time and place of the incident were not revealed. Nothing was said about the passengers who ordered the car using a wrong app. 

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According to Phuket Info Center, Mr Adcha of PLTO, Col Khundet Na-Nongkhai of Karon Police and other relevant officials went to the scene of the ‘controversy’ to mitigate and help to resolve the issue. 

It was reported that both parties of the conflict had filed official complaints with Karon Police after the incident. Karon Police officers are now investigating the case which will be handed over to court in due manner. 

“When the court makes its verdict, PLTO 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”, Phuket Info Center quoted Mr Adcha as saying.

Mr Adcha explained previously, that currently only two taxi apps are legal in Phuket: Hello Phuket and Grab. In case of suspecting an illegally working driver, cabbies are advised to not approach him or her but contact police. 

The recommendation was given after a viral video depicting one of Central Festival cabbies verbally abusing a woman went online. The woman – a female taxi driver – was picking up passengers in a car that had been approved by the PLTO to use with the approved apps, but the order in question was received via an app which is yet to be approved.

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Kurt | 09 April 2023 - 09:08:57

mr Adcha had to interfere after video clips went viral. Of course.  If this brutal event was not viral exposed we would never heard of it. How many of these primitive happenings now take place daily?  Phuket cartel tourist transport with PLTO as the 'conductor' at it's finest.

GerryT81 | 08 April 2023 - 17:05:12

And there goes the left nut !

Kurt | 08 April 2023 - 12:51:07

The Phuket taxi hystery is completely getting out of the corrupt dumb 'Officials' hands. Just their idea only to protect/stand behind the corrupt overcharging taxi drivers. Idiot.  One thing is for sure, all this damage more and deeper negative Phuket's tourism image. 
( hello TAT ???) Phuket is not serving tourists at all.

christysweet | 08 April 2023 - 10:53:25

When  a driver  can charge three days  minimum wage for a one hour trip,  the govt needs  to increase the  limit on fares which will eliminate  this basis of conflict. Less taxis = better for everyone. Time to begin weaning people off  the carbon teat.  

JohnC | 08 April 2023 - 08:36:11

Obviously the guilty party is the brainless thug who attacked the taxi driver with a tire iron over the head. But I'll bet my left nut that the poor victim will be charged by the pitiful PLTO standards of who is in the right.

Kakka2 | 08 April 2023 - 08:21:32

here we go again, and every  one those taxy crooks now feel like vigilantes thanks you the protection of the police and PLTO mafia governing body... from bad to worst really.. and it is only the beginning... full support to Bolt and InDrive app drivers that offer reasonable prices.

maverick | 08 April 2023 - 07:20:03

This is now descending to the Wild West truly disgraceful and inflamed by the media and authorities who should know better perhaps the question should be asked as to why people have flocked to the so-called illegal apps and WHY they are illegal - vested interests want retain the status quo - consequence of which is more tourists risk their lives and others on motorbikes 


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