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Phuket tourists caught in taxi dispute over passengers

Phuket tourists caught in taxi dispute over passengers

PHUKET: Four tourists at Rassada Pier found themselves in the middle of a dispute yesterday (Sept 2) over which vehicles are allowed to pick up passengers at the popular pier, which serves as the main terminal in Phuket for ferries bound for Phi Phi Island.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 3 September 2022, 12:07PM


The man in the black shirt will be called in for questioning, assures the PLTO. Image: Supplied / Eakkapop Thongtub

The man in the black shirt will be called in for questioning, assures the PLTO. Image: Supplied / Eakkapop Thongtub

The four tourists, including three young women, had entered a passenger van only to have a man in a black shirt and jeans chase down the van and stand in front of it, preventing the van from leaving.

The man in the black shirt and the van driver started arguing over who is allowed to pick up passengers at the pier.

The man argued that the van, which bears yellow licence plates, meaning that it is legally registered to operate as a commercial passenger vehicle, was not allowed.

The tourists were told to get out of the van and find another taxi. Wanting to avoid being caught in the argument, the tourists obliged.

The incident happened just 50 metres from the entrance at the main pier.

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The news was brought to public attention after the two video clips of the incident were posted on a taxi driver group on LINE.

​The driver of the passenger later told reporters that the incident happened at about 10:10am. The four tourists had just returned to Phuket from Phi Phi Island.

Adcha Buachan of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) said the two men will be called in for questioning, especially the man in the black shirt, which he said “made a threatening or intimidating manner that damages the image of tourism.”

“If the man is a taxi driver, we must take action in accordance with the regulations, which include penalties such as a fine or even suspension of his licence,” Mr Adcha said.

“We are asking the driver of the passenger van to report the facts to the PLTO so we can pursue a case of harassment in line with the law. The tourists can give their report to the van driver so he can report it to the PLTO,” he said.

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Prab | 05 September 2022 - 09:36:16

just another day in the jungle.. the usual day in this civilized island..lol 

JohnC | 04 September 2022 - 08:51:55

Nothing new here. Have read hundreds of stories like this over the years here and nothing ever changes or gets done about it. Who runs this island anyway? Certainly not the government by the look of it.. Though many rumours point to high up officials as the so-called "dark influences" that run all the profitable tourist cons from taxi trash to the beach mafia and everything in between.

Kurt | 03 September 2022 - 13:21:15

Now, here Phuket Officialdom, including PLTO,  can set at once a strong example to prove they are serious about intimidating tourist drivers, threatening each other and damage safe tourist experience,.These 4 tourists go home with a negative Phuket story. At least Gov or 1 V/G should take a strong position in this.
Punishment + publication is justified.

Capricornball | 03 September 2022 - 12:33:36

It never stops. Another pair of mentally challenged public transport mafiosos damaging Phuket's image as a friendly tourist destination. I actually saw another mototaxi driver north of Patong yesterday, drunk on his arse and trying to pick a fight with another mototaxi. He could hardly turn his bike around, stopped, took another shot of booze, then raced off on the wrong side of the road.

 

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