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PLTO hold talks with non-Phuket-based ‘green plate’ taxi operators

PLTO hold talks with non-Phuket-based ‘green plate’ taxi operators

PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) have confirmed that talks have taken place with a group representing legally registered taxi drivers and tour operators from Bangkok and other provinces that have been banned from working on the island.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 12 February 2023, 11:00AM

PLTO chief Adcha Buachan and Pol. Col. Jirasak Siemsak, Deputy Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police, met with representatives from the group on Thursday (Feb 9) to discuss solutions to the existing problem that has seen green plate taxi operators from outside Phuket face challenges, including arrest and being banned.

Mr Adcha revealed that the talks, held at PLTO offices, focused on how green plate cars registered outside Phuket may be able to operate here legally, adding that the aim was to find a satisfactory outcome for all involved.

He confirmed that the number of vehicles registered outside of Phuket but operating here was not especially high but that the PLTO would evaluate ways to allow them to operate here without contravening existing laws.

Mr Adcha also stated that any additional specific documents and evidence supporting the group’s claims would need to be submitted to the PLTO to assist the overall evaluation process within one month from Thursday’s meeting, adding that the sooner these materials could be provided the better.

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The respresentatives complained that police had specifically set up check points at various places across the island and that arrests had been made although they were unclear as to why they were being targeted as the law was unclear. They further added that PLTO officers have been unable to clearly identify which law the taxi drivers had broken.

This resulted in the group handing a formal request to Seri Ruam Thai Party representative Anantarak Phethin at Saphan Hin on Wednesday calling on party leader Pol Gen (Rtd) Sereepisuth Temeeyaves to help resolve the issue.

Mr Sereepisuth, a former Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, is also currently Chairman of the House Anti-Corruption and Misconduct Committee.

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Capricornball | 13 February 2023 - 11:25:26

Just another mess left to the corrupt taxi mafia (PLTO) and corrupt police to find a solution. These criminals will never arrive at an outcome that benefits the people, just themselves. This appears to be another money making scheme for the PLTO mafia and police, and allowing new taxis here could result in a mass influx of taxi scum hoping to become new cartel members. 

Timothy | 12 February 2023 - 11:56:37

$$$$$ for the PLTO and some 'arrangement' will be made. No improvements. Same same. Phuket will never have a functioning taxi system....only a rip-off, mafia corrupt hopeless mess with these guys in charge. 

Kurt | 12 February 2023 - 11:41:37

It is time for a clean up/chance of the present miserable Phuket taxi culture. A PLTO - taxi cartel - RTP culture that not serve tourists at all. Reform to taxi culture as in BKK and Singapore.

Kurt | 12 February 2023 - 11:39:02

Keeping laws deliberately unclear is just with one purpose in mind: Creating room for corruption while arresting people for unclear matters. On Phuket RTP and PLTO seems to be 2 hands on one belly in this. Some day 1000 taxis from outside Phuket should drive to Phuket and make a tour over the island and than come up with taxi rules reform demands in Governor's office.


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