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Phuket taxis must do better, says Vice Governor

Phuket taxis must do better, says Vice Governor

PHUKET: Taxi drivers in Phuket must improve their behaviour to help protect Phuket’s image as a tourist destination, Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Rodkwan Yodrabham said yesterday (Sept 9).

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 10 September 2022, 11:45AM


His message was delivered to a meeting of taxi drivers, police and transport officials, where it was explained the rights of independent taxi drivers to pick up passengers.

Present at the meeting, held at the Phuket Provincial Government Center, was Adcha Buachan, Chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO).

Vice Governor Anupap pointed out the recent incident in which four tourists returning from Phi Phi Island were forced to exit the passenger van they had legally ordered through an app and take another taxi operating as part of a “group” at the pier.

Following the incident many comments online openly called Phuket taxi drivers controlling tourists’ access to taxi services "mafia".

“This affects the image and reputation of the country and Phuket as a world-class tourist city,” Vice Governor Anupap said.

Mr Anupap also recognised that independent taxi drivers illegally using private vehicles ‒ not legally registered taxis ‒ to provide taxi services through an app has “caused controversy” and “affected the occupation of legal public transport operators”.

“Therefore, this meeting is being held to rehearse the use of public taxi services in the Phuket area, to clarify and understand the legal regulations and set guidelines for hiring, picking up and dropping off passengers of public service cars and taxis that are provided through the application,” he said.

“This is in order for the public hire car service providers to have knowledge and understanding of the different practices in order to create a good image of Phuket in the future,” he concluded.

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Kheekiat | 14 September 2022 - 03:23:48

A great solution could be that the new suggested rates for the Bangkok Taxis, would be make nationwide, including meters i all vehicles, that wants to work in the taxi trade.
Then everybody would work on the same terms.

Timothy | 12 September 2022 - 09:20:06

Cap, when the military came in, all they did was have all the "black plate" taxis come and pay to get green plates, and join the larger mafia. I was unfortunately at the PLTO the day the green plates were being issued. Hundreds of cars, with plates from all over, lined up to become taxi mafia $$$$. Some people on here think that the drivers don't own their own vehicles...Not true.  

JSombra | 11 September 2022 - 22:41:55

Funny how he keeps going back to illegal taxis when both taxis involved in the incident were legal. That's not beating around the bush but rather beating another bush entirely

skorchio | 11 September 2022 - 02:34:25

Imagine convening all these officials like this in a large hall, to then declare the 'taxis must do better'. Taxis will do as they do, as they have always done. It is the office of the Governor which has to do better .....

Capricornball | 10 September 2022 - 18:08:50

Either way, a tiger never changes it's stripes, and taxis/minivans, etc. will continue to be lowlifes and damage Phuket's image on a regular basis. Not until these lowlifes start to pay dearly for their mafia behaviors will they be compelled to change their ways. What's needed is an ongoing oversite by the military...it worked pretty good in 2014, until they left.

Old guy | 10 September 2022 - 18:07:35

Why should they do better?  They all make more money by doing it this way.  But, what about tourist's sentiment, you say?  The tourist has never been a concern. 

Capricornball | 10 September 2022 - 18:04:26

Good luck with taxis trying to do better, as they have the support of the PLTO and RTP. I wonder, are lowlifes attracted to becoming a taxi driver because of the opportunities to rip of tourists?, or were they once nice people that became lowlifes after becoming accustomed to ripping people off and having the PLTO and RTP cover their backs?

Nasa12 | 10 September 2022 - 15:09:01

Well they have 1650 Admirals and Generals in this LOS, so some of them can come and clean little bit. 

Kurt | 10 September 2022 - 12:54:00

--- put a Vice Admiral in charge, and start to work hard to free Phuket of the very bad transport reputation. Will take a long time. But the scams, the treatening, it must stop. Until than Phuket is no world class destination.
They not have to find out the wheel, just make taxi branch operating as it does in BKK. Than can start to try become a clean tourist class destination.

Kurt | 10 September 2022 - 12:48:14

Phuket taxis must do better, says a V/G. Quite a understatement. Question , what is V/G going to do , more than just noticing a decades existing Phuket transport 'mafia/cartel' setting? Leave it to the cartels themselve?  His saying about ..."operating as a part of a group" is defining very well the existance of 'cartels'. Yes/No formalised by PLTO. Clean up PLTO, put a V...

 

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