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.