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Samui cabbies told to use meters, end euro rip-off

SURAT THANI: Taxi drivers on Koh Samui have been ordered to use their meters instead of charging fixed fares that are identical in dollars and euros – effectively ripping off Europeans.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 29 December 2018, 11:22AM


A fare chart hanging on the seat of a taxi on Koh Samui shows identical rates in US dollars and euros, even though the euro is worth $1.14 at current rates. Photo: Supplied via Bangkok Post

A fare chart hanging on the seat of a taxi on Koh Samui shows identical rates in US dollars and euros, even though the euro is worth $1.14 at current rates. Photo: Supplied via Bangkok Post

Local authorities met at the Koh Samui District Office yesterday (Dec 28) to discuss complaints that have proliferated online about cabbies setting fares by themselves.

Sutthipong Klai-udom, the deputy governor of Surat Thani, said an investigation had found that taxi drivers on the resort island had devised a set of fares for numerous destinations, with prices quoted identically in dollars and euros.

But given the prevailing exchange rate, passengers using euros end up paying substantially more than those using dollars for the same trip. A ride priced at copy00 works out to 87 euros, but a European would be charged 100 euros just the same

Cabbies usually displayed their fare charts when serving foreign tourists arriving on luxury boats, Mr Sutthipong said.

As a result, local authorities have issued a fresh order to prohibit local taxi drivers from imposing their own fares. In order to ensure fair treatment of all visitors, they must use their meters only. Otherwise, their licences would be revoked at once, he said.

 

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Discover Thainess | 29 December 2018 - 13:44:41

What utter nonsense, they won’t use their meters, just as they won’t use them in phuket either! And he scam isn’t just that euros are higher than dollars, the fares in either currency are a scandal. Non “cheap tour” tourist numbers down again! I wonder why ??? 

Kurt | 29 December 2018 - 12:56:19

Aren't it sweeties, these criminal thai taxi drivers over there? Well, all tourists using these taxis are ripped off, Europeans just a bit more. What a way to promote thai tourism, hahaha. This photo now goes around the globe. Shows how dumb and criminal they are in Thailand tourist industry. ( not use taxi meter!)
Anyway, why to pay in dollars or Euro's? Thai baht is the thai currency.

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