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Phuket transport blitz nets 573 taxi, bus, tuk-tuk drivers, B7mn in fines

Phuket transport blitz nets 573 taxi, bus, tuk-tuk drivers, B7mn in fines

PHUKET: A campaign spearheaded by the Director of the Land Transport Department (DLT) for the entire country has netted 573 Phuket public transport drivers breaking the law within just three days, and netting more than B7 million baht in fines in the process.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 7 July 2016, 12:28PM

Checkpoints set up at five locations in Phuket from Sunday through Tuesday (July 3-5) saw 344 public transport drivers found operating public transport vehicles with expired road tax or worse, operating “unregistered” vehicles.

Each of these drivers was fined B20,000, netting the DLT a windfall of B6.88 million.

“The rest (229 drivers) were fined up to B10,000 each because they were found to be driving outside their designated routes without permission, having illegal modifications to their vehicles, such as adding air horns or spotlights, and using the incorrect vehicle to provide a regular-route service,” said DLT Director Sanit Promwong.

“All information of the public transport drivers who were stopped and fined were sent to the information centre at our office so if they are ever found of committing an offense under the Land Transport Act again, their license will be suspended or revoked,” he added.

The transport officials were stationed at the Tha Chatchai Checkpoint to check vehicles heading onto the island, and on the west coast road to check all taxis, buses and green-plated vehicles leaving Phuket International Airport.

Checkpoints were also set up in front of Phuket FantaSea in Kamala, to check all buses, taxis and tuk-tuks going to Patong; at the Thong Thong Checkpoint, to check all buses, tuk-tuks and taxis going to Patong; and in front of Phuket Shooting Range on Patak Rd, to check buses, taxis and tuk-tuks heading from Chalong into Karon.


Mr Sanith said that officials had no choice but to ramp up enforcement of public transport laws to solve many issues regarding poor service provided by public transport that was causing damage to tourism.

“We have to be very strict on this in order for us to stop public transport operators from further damaging our tourism image with their poor service or operation,” he said.

Public transport drivers will also be held accountable for their behaviour, Mr Sanit noted.

“For example, drivers caught acting indecently will be arrested and have their license revoked immediately. Such behavior severely damages our tourism,” he added.

“To improve our public transportation quality and service, residents and tourists are encouraged to report any unacceptable behaviour of public transport drivers or of the condition of public transport vehicles to our 24-hour complaint hotline:1584,” Mr Sanit said.

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Sue Yu2 | 08 July 2016 - 01:42:08

If they can do this in 3 days just think what life could be like if they actually enforce the law all year round.

Gonzo Journalist | 07 July 2016 - 20:29:25

And the one on Layan, Soi 7 firing a .22 rifle, shooting animals and putting the weapon in his cab that I reported at 3: 30 pm July 5th? 

seht1912 | 07 July 2016 - 16:56:54

This action to clean up the taxi business is not before time. Congratulations to the aithoriies. Now what about clamping down on the nut cases that drive mini vans at break neck soeed around Phuket? 

Fritz Pinguin | 07 July 2016 - 15:36:08

Did they get the yellow top Tuk-Tuks operating in Karon, although they are licensed for Phuket City services only?

Ed Sanders | 07 July 2016 - 13:13:49

2 Big thumbs up!


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