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Phuket tourism transport drivers plea for loan repayment relief

Phuket tourism transport drivers plea for loan repayment relief

PHUKET: More than 50 tour van and taxi drivers massed at Saphan Hin, on the outskirts of Phuket Town, this morning (Aug 17) to call for delayed loan repayments for their vehicles as they are unable to make repayments due to the current economic crisis.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 17 August 2020, 12:50PM

The drivers gathered at 9am to represent their plea and a petition of more than 700 signatures of Phuket tour vehicle drivers calling for help in delaying their outstanding loan repayments.

Narong Chutong, one of the leading representatives of the group, explained that the petition includes the signatures of 709 drivers and tour operators in Phuket.

The petition is addressed to the finance division of Toyota (Thailand), Mr Narong said.

The petition asks for Toyota to delay all repayments due for vehicles used in Phuket’s tourism industry for at least three months, but hopefully up to one year, with no increase in interest due.

The group will hold talks with Toyota executives later today in the hope of the drivers avoiding having their vehicles repossessed, Mr Narong said.

“We are all suffering because of the impact of COVID-19. There are no tourists, no work and therefore no income, making it impossible to make loan repayments for our vehicles,” he said.

“The repayments due for each vehicle is about B19-20,000 per month,” he added.

“If today’s talks are not effective, the group will meet again to find a solution to the problem,” Mr Narong concluded.


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JohnC | 18 August 2020 - 09:09:14

Some of the worse and most dangerous drivers on Phuket's roads can't afford to drive anymore. Sounds like a great thing to me. Lets hope it lasts a long time. The amount of trouble I have seen from some minibus drivers, they should be banned for good.

Timothy | 18 August 2020 - 08:51:33

It has been so nice being able to drive around without having one of these idiots trying to run you off the road. If anyone should "go home" as some love to say. It should be these guys. 

Kurt | 18 August 2020 - 08:05:36

...That needs to be checked by Government. A taxi, see their license, is not a tourism  transport thing only.  I want to be able to FLAG DOWN a taxi at Chaofa East Rd, for a ride to Phuket Int Hospital, Central,  Rawai beach rd restaurants. And afterward a taxi back home. Ask just for normal Taxi thing.  On Phuket? Not possible. They are now catched in their own knitted nets.

Kurt | 18 August 2020 - 07:33:09

Correction: ...'When taxis on Phuket NOT function',..etc. etc. Van and taxi owners are entrepreneurs, they have to work out financial 'hubs' with their banks themselves. In the past they made enormous amounts of money. Was nothing saved for 'rainy days'? This are people perfectly able to built up a financial buffer. Perhaps the wise ones have. That needs to be checked by Go...

Kurt | 18 August 2020 - 07:17:26

When taxis on Phuket function/ride/work as real taxis like in Bangkok, etc., that long taxi drivers has no right to claim for any financial help. They are now simply not working. With a 'stand still' a taxi makes no money. Right? The Phuket 'taxi culture', only shuttling from airport, is not normal in the normal taxi world outside Phuket.

Kurt | 18 August 2020 - 05:34:16

Phuket taxi drivers have no legitimate say as long I can not flag them down along Phuket's roads like I can in Bangkok. Phuket taxis are no taxis.  Ever tried to flag down a taxi in Karon, or Chalong for a ride to Phuket town? Or to a hospital? They are circumpolar below the horizon. Only racing trips from airport. Again, not really taxis.

Capricornball | 17 August 2020 - 21:00:12

As if anyone gives a s#!^ about minivan drivers. To the contrary, if there is any silver lining to the Covid crisis it is having these miserable people all but eliminated from the streets of Phuket. Thais and ex-pats alike are relieved to have these aggressive, law breaking and reckless fools off the roads.  This is the prime opportunity for Phuket to make changes in public transportation.

LALALA | 17 August 2020 - 17:10:59

Let them suffer... this people were ripping off their customers for decades.. where is all the money gone ? Despite the fact that their reckless driving has caused many life's.

Fascinated | 17 August 2020 - 13:48:17

I'm sure people afe gutted that these people are suffering after all the suffering THEY have caused over the years. Perfect time to re-vamp the transport system on the island.

Foot | 17 August 2020 - 13:40:32

What's the plan when there are still no tourists a year from now?
Give them more money?
Someone has to accept the fact that tourisim in Phuket will be a small fraction of what it was for a few years to come.
Condos, business', roadways will remain empty.
Sad, yes.  But, true.

Nasa12 | 17 August 2020 - 13:04:04

For me you can take all this tur van busses and put up one place sun never shine. How many fatal accidents have these mini buses and the driver made in Phuket the last 15 years.


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