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Phuket taxi drivers protest loan repayments

Phuket taxi drivers protest loan repayments

PHUKET: Phuket tourism transport drivers, including drivers of taxis and tour vans, today (Aug 22) held another small protest at Sapan Hin to call for the finance division of Toyota not to enforce loan repayments for the vehicles, which may see the vehicles repossessed.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 22 August 2020, 10:36PM

About 80 drivers gathered at Sapan Hin today, repeating their call for a moratorium on finance repayments of at least three months, but hopefully extended up to six months or even a year.

Narong Chutong, representing the drivers, today presented a petition of more than 1,100 members in the group calling for a reprieve.

Mr Narong said that the drivers were facing extenuating circumstances due to the COVID-19 economic crisis. He added that their plea has been submitted to Toyota executives.

"I have already contacted Toyota Finance Company and Toyota Company and I have been following up with each of them all along,” Mr Narong said.

“Today, we meet in earnest in submitting a letter with the following claims: requesting a moratorium on all additional debt from three months to six months or even one year. We also asked for Phuket to be the first province for the company to provide assistance to debtors. We also asked to restructure the installment payments without interest.


“A representative of the Toyota company has already referred the matter to the company’s top management in order to alleviate the suffering for Toyota customers. It is currently under consideration,” Mr Narong said.

Mr Narong pointed out that the drivers currently have no income, and hence cannot pay such debts.

“We are waiting for the response from Toyota to our requests. We will inform people of the result of their consideration at the next opportunity,” he said.


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CaptainJack69 | 24 August 2020 - 12:55:38

The best mortgage lenders are offering is a re-payment break while still accruing interest. At the MOST that is all these guys should get. But (as comments below show) most Phuket people are glad to see the back of them. Yeah, it's a shame for the minority who aren't scum-bags, but... good riddance.

MikeZim | 24 August 2020 - 12:41:18

This is the perfect time to introduce meter only taxis and cheap public transport around the isla. These drivers have caused considerable damage to the island with their coronal behaviour.

Winfield | 23 August 2020 - 21:01:26

Whats wrong with all you people below ?  ... Give the drivers a break on loan repayments.  Families are suffering. Toyota have made zillions here and can afford to help out now.

Surprised Wolf | 23 August 2020 - 17:47:39

I don't feel for them. Most RIP OFF their customers day in day out. No business for them now is what Karma wishes them...

Galong | 23 August 2020 - 10:02:50

Maybe they shouldn't have blown so much money on annoyingly loud stereo systems and flashy wheels.   Keep in mind, they thrive off of ripping people off. I feel for them a little bit, but only so much.

Capricornball | 23 August 2020 - 09:28:34

Hmmm...they still don't understand that nobody cares about their plight, and that 99% of the island is happy to have them off the road.  They have been ripping people for a long time, and should have been saving money. If not tough s#1^.  Just let the van/taxi go and go back to your village.

JohnC | 23 August 2020 - 09:24:59

I assume we are supposed to feel sorry for these people but it is difficult when for more than 25 years you have seen them cheating tourists and locals a like. Karma can be a real bitch!

Kurt | 23 August 2020 - 08:30:39

I still see no taxis to pick up/drop passengers, who flag them down along the roads, over the whole of Phuket. Work enough if they want to work as a normal taxi.

LALALA | 23 August 2020 - 07:57:20

This people should stay from the roads forever. They ripping off their customers and are a risk for all others. Toyota should repossess their vehicles as soon as possible.

Nasa12 | 23 August 2020 - 07:16:52

Give the van back and a hope every body of you get black lister to take loans for 10 years scumbags. 

Fascinated | 22 August 2020 - 23:31:19

Nice to see these greedy people suffering- best thing about COVID.


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