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PLTO threatens tourists with court duty if caught using ‘illegal’ taxis

PLTO threatens tourists with court duty if caught using ‘illegal’ taxis

PHUKET: The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has reissued a notice threatening ‘illegal’ taxi drivers with fines of up to B100,000 or even up to five years in jail if caught.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 12 April 2023, 02:14PM

The notice was posted late yesterday (Apr 11), as Phuket enters the Songkran holiday period, when Phuket is expected to reap more than B4.5 billion from tourists.

In a rarity for the PLTO, the notice was posted in both Thai and English.

The English version, verbatim, in full, is as follows:

Announcement of the Phuket Transport Office

Subject: Using a private car to hire illegally

According to information from social media and complain about the use of personal cars to hire and pick up passengers illegally has caused controversy, that causes trouble, and affects to the occupation of legal public transport operators affects the image and reputation of the country, Phuket is known as a world-class tourist city.

Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office would like to announce for acknowledgment as follows:

  1. Using a private car to carry passengers by hire illegally whether contracting the service through an application or by any means, if an offense is found, the Phuket Provincial Transport Office will proceed according to the regulations and consider penalties as provided by law in all cases. In the case of an offense under the Transport Act B.E. 2522 (1979), will be considered to be sent to the investigating officer to prosecute in accordance with the legal process (The statutory penalty rate is up to 5 years imprisonment or a fine from 20,000 to 100,000 Baht, or both.)
  2. Passengers should choose to hire a legal car. If choosing an illegal car, the passenger may not be covered in the event of an accident, or it may not be convenient by wasting their travel time and may be required to testify in court if the driver is detained and arraigned. However can search for public car information as follows:

1) Website of the Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office at 

2) Facebook page anunnuvääniña (The Phuket Transport Office)

3) Line Official of the Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office (ID: @704jhnxb) 

  1. 4) The Land Transport Department Hotline 1584.

To report a guilty or inconvenient being exploited, etc. from using public transport able to report the offense through the Public Transport Passenger Protection Center Hotline 1584 or LINE @1584DLT

Announcement Date 5 September 2022

Phuket Property

(Mr Atcha Buachan)

Phuket Provincial Transport

The English version of the notice carries the final closing note, in Thai: 


“เป็นองค์กรแห่งนวัตกรรมในการควบคุม กํากับ ดูแลระบบการขนส่งทางถนนให้มีคุณภาพและปลอดภัย”

That is:

Vision of the Department of Land Transport

“To be an innovative organization in controlling, regulating and maintaining quality and safe road transport systems”

There was no explanation of why a notice issued in September was repeated yesterday.

The notice also made no mention of specifically which taxi drivers would be deemed illegal, despite the PLTO openly carrying out a continual crackdown on taxi drivers using inDriver and Bolt ride-sharing apps.

Tourism officials have made no comment on the PLTO’s threat of holding tourists to attend court duty when prosecuting ‘illegal’ taxi drivers.

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skorchio | 14 April 2023 - 23:35:45

This is as bad as Patong cops bashing holiday grannies for bringing their own sunbed to the beach. FFS when is this nonsense going to stop ? 

skorchio | 14 April 2023 - 23:32:18

Govt agency now threatening tourists who dont use the Mafia controlled services on the island. This is a new low. When TF is Bangkok going to get onboard with this and sort this mess out? 

agogohome | 13 April 2023 - 11:58:10

As if a tourist is going to fly back to Phuket to attend court! LOL. Apart from that, there still isn't a proper government run public bus service on the island. How about looking into that first, instead of making life easier for the transport mafia that currently reign?

megamind | 13 April 2023 - 10:54:20

in thailand the first rule to win is to have no competitors

Kurt | 13 April 2023 - 09:32:13

A new something is born to extort money from tourists. Suggestion: Phuket island should offer arriving tourists a 'waiver', for xxxx Baht, what clears them from the 'extortion treath' during their stay on Phuket. This 'world-class' tourist destination works herself deeper and deeper in mafiose drain. Nothing will be failed to suck money from the tourist. It happens more and...

Kurt | 13 April 2023 - 09:09:52

Almost daily a Official drums on believe that Phuket is a ...World class tourist destination. They drip it daily in own brains and believe it. ( brain washing works!)  The thinking to hold a tourist responsible for taking a Phuket taxi, not knowing anything about the, no where else, brotherhood between the transport mafia cartels and the PLTO is breathtaking. A new something is born to extort tour

JohnC | 13 April 2023 - 09:08:13

The best thing that the Governor can do for Phuket is so sack this moron before he totally destroys what little reputation Phuket still has left after this ongoing fiasco.

JohnC | 13 April 2023 - 09:05:17

Shows just how clueless this jumped up official really is. Phuket is a world class tourist city??!! False news for a start. Maybe once it was, long time ago now. Phuket is an island, not a city. Muang Phuket is known as Phuket TOWN because it is too small to be classed as a city. This clown can't even get that right, then he threatens the very tourists that make his job so profitable...

Kakka2 | 12 April 2023 - 16:00:05

going to try to have Andrew write a nice article about this all nonsens on his twitter .... actuall all here should try to hint this on is twitter so he can pick  up the story...

Kakka2 | 12 April 2023 - 15:59:03

what is this nonsense? the mafious hit again? so sad they feel their existence is about to finish... why can they stop the app to be downloaded then ?  so anyone that offer you a ride a part from the scam taxi monkey mafia now get 100K fine? we should all together share all this in social media to show how poorly care about tourist but only care for their money... where is Andrew MacGregor Mashall

Old guy | 12 April 2023 - 15:56:09

It's been a long time since Phuket has been know as a "world class" tourist destination.
Now, threatening to require tourists with needless court appearances, thus restricting their ability to go home, is the height of stupidity.

Fascinated | 12 April 2023 - 15:44:56

Threaten tourists instead of reforming the thugs- pathetic.


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