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PHUKET: Police begin arresting unregistered tuk-tuk drivers

PHUKET: Police begin arresting unregistered tuk-tuk drivers

PHUKET: Kathu police backed by the Army have begun arresting unregistered tuk-tuk drivers in Patong. Five have been caught so far, all on Sunday (September 7).


By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 9 September 2014, 11:30AM


Legitimate tuk-tuks with the yellow plate.

Legitimate tuk-tuks with the yellow plate.

The arrests appear to be a shot across the bows of the illegal tuk-tuk drivers, who have been proliferating in Patong in the past year.

Jaturong Kaewkasi, chief of the Phuket Provincial Land Transportation Office (PLTO) told The Phuket News, “Col Somchai Ponatong of the Army had received complaints so we knew that we had to work on the issue.”

He explained that a vicious cycle has developed whereby legitimate tuk-tuk drivers were selling their tuk-tuks along with the yellow plate for up to a million baht, then buying an unlicensed “black plate” tuk-tuk and applying for another yellow plate, which they would then sell again.

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Now, however, the PLTO has declared the yellow plates to be its property, bringing all trading to a halt, but leaving hundreds of black-plate tuk-tuks still plying their trade illegally.

They have annoyed the legit drivers by undercutting prices -- one of the reasons behind the mob blockade of Patong streets on March 3, which led to many tuk-tuk drivers being arrested in the massive raid on Patong on August 28.

Mr Jaturong said the black-plate drivers, of which there are five small groups, should get to together to form a cooperative and then apply for yellow plates. If they do not, they risk arrest.

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sunsandsilk@gmail.com | 11 September 2014 - 01:11:18

Agree with Ed Sanders, Phuket needs just what he has written: \"\"replaced with public fun-busses that circulate throughout Patong... buy a pass and just get on and off at your leisure\"\"

stegee | 09 September 2014 - 18:18:09

why do they need a cooperative? why can\\\'t they just apply for a yellow plate?

Ed Sanders | 09 September 2014 - 12:22:41

Nothing but problems with these thugs. I was in Patong on Saturday night, and these disgusting clowns were blocking the sidewalks with their laughing, smoking and obnoxious music, and traffic was near standstill on the beach road near Bangla because these clowns were jammed side-by-side along the road, clogging up half the street. These guys need to be erased and replaced with public fun-busses th...

 

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