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PLTO arrests 10 more taxi drivers at Phuket airport

PLTO arrests 10 more taxi drivers at Phuket airport

PHUKET: The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has confirmed arresting 10 more drivers for operating illegally at Phuket International Airport.

By The Phuket News

Monday 17 April 2023, 10:12AM

Photos: PLTO

Photos: PLTO

Officers, acting under instructions from PLTO Chief Adcha Buachan, conducted checks on taxis at the airport from 4pm to 6pm yesterday (Apr 16), said a PLTO report posted after 9m last night.

Joining the PLTO officers as support were airport “officials” (actually employees of Airport of Thailand Co Ltd, which operates Phuket airport), along with officers from the Sakhu Police and Phuket Tourist Police, said the report.

The officers found five drivers of metered taxis operating without turning on the taxi meter. A further five people were found using private vehicles as taxis, which the official PLTO report continued to use the moniker “black taxi” to describe.

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The report made no mention of whether or not the drivers caught were using the popular ride-sharing apps inDriver and Bolt

The PLTO deems the two apps to be illegal in Phuket as they have not been approved by the Department of Transport, while Bolt and inDriver operate openly in Bangkok. The Department of Transport has remained silent on the crackdown on Bolt and inDriver in Phuket.

Regardless, the PLTO report yesterday said that the PLTO will “consider” suspending the drivers’ licences, using the word “consider” despite it now being standard practice and already admitted by PLTO Chief Mr Adcha.

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DeKaaskopp | 18 April 2023 - 16:20:28

A new Governor ,Kurt ? No former Governor did ever satisfy you. A new Governor won't change anything. You would just go on with complaining. That's your nature.

Prab | 18 April 2023 - 15:54:26

the mafious in action once again... PLTO need to be dissolved asap... this is becoming a real shame for thailand 

Kurt | 18 April 2023 - 10:09:08

--- if people don't need a motorbike but have choice to use public transport. How high will be the drop in %% in motorbike accidents on Phuket? Can stop immidiately that twice a year tent sitting campaign along the roads. Understand that today the normal road danger starts againun til end of the year.

Kurt | 18 April 2023 - 10:04:12

JohnC, can we believe that taxi- and PLTO mafia are able to do what they do without the blessing of the ceremonial Governor Phuket has? It needs at least a fresh, clean new Governor before anything will may be change. This governor has nothing done for his own 'brothers& sisters' to bring a normal public transport within their life. Imagine how much lesser motorbike accidents if people...

JohnC | 18 April 2023 - 09:01:03

So now the PLTO mafia boss can determine whether meter taxis are actualy using their meters. Since when is this illegal anyway? Surely if a passenger and the driver come to an agreement on price then there is no need to use it. Exactly the same as the "legal" taxi thugs that don't have meters do but usually much cheaper.  Governor, for the good pf Phuket get rid of the crime boss of ...

Timothy | 18 April 2023 - 07:06:50

Incredible how this Adcha Buachan can continue to run this totally dysfunctional taxi mafia. Taxis and tuk tuks take up all parking. Only work from their own "areas" and most operate without meters. This is the most F-ed up taxi system anywhere, and is the reason so many people resort to riding motorbikes on the dangerous roads. This mafia boss has to be removed and investigated.   


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