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Taxi drivers urged to up their game ahead of Nov 1 tourist reopening

Taxi drivers urged to up their game ahead of Nov 1 tourist reopening

PHUKET: As Phuket prepares to welcome tourists with the full reopening of the country on Monday (Nov 1), authorities on the island have issued a reminder to transport providers, specifically taxi drivers, to adopt a more professional approach.

By The Phuket News

Friday 29 October 2021, 09:35AM

At a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Oct 28), Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Anuphap Rodkwan Yodrabum, together with Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Aganit Danpitaksat and the Phuket Provincial Attorney outlined details to ensure the best standards were set and adhered to by taxi drivers to ensure tourists were welcomed warmly and felt safe during their stay.

This specifically covered the setting of fair and transparent rates charged for passenger journeys as determined by provincial standards, clear vehicle markings and ensuring all drivers adhered to dress regulations of a smart and presentable uniform.

Safety was also raised as an issue with a reminder to all drivers of taxis and public service vehicles to drive in a responsible and safe manner. Drivers were also encouraged to use and offer apps to customers for their services.


Drivers must have a valid driver’s license in accordance with the type of car they operate and all be able to prove they have received the mandatory recognised two COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Finally, drivers were encouraged to act in a friendly manner at all times and serve as a public relations link in providing assistance to tourists as best they can to help create the image of Phuket as an accommodating and welcome host destination.

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CaptainJack69 | 30 October 2021 - 12:18:01

This "public address" is actually just a coded way to signal to the taxi sludge not to worry, that everything remains unchanged for them and they are free to resume operations exactly as before. Seems the global pandemic isn't a big enough crisis to force change in Phukets transport industry. They say even a nuke wont kill cockroaches.

JohnC | 30 October 2021 - 09:00:28

25 years on all I have seen is taxi standards get worse as more uneducated morons are given licences to operate even more taxis that are not needed. They drive like they think it is a grand prix on the airport highway. I have never felt safe in any type of taxi on Phuket.

christysweet | 30 October 2021 - 07:30:33

Not your business.   

Fascinated | 29 October 2021 - 19:04:32

Yet you remain here Ms Sweet- what draws you to the place?

christysweet | 29 October 2021 - 14:53:38

Up their game? They DON'T CARE!! Yesterday a van tailgating  1 meter from me while I'm on a scooter. They are incapable of caring about anything but  cash and their relatives in charge are not going to force any change.  It is a mafia. Phuket is a mafia and Thailand is a mafia.   

Foot | 29 October 2021 - 11:19:35

Here's a thought. Have non-Thai "Mystery Riders" get in and take a cab. If driver demonstrates the usual con and bad attitude, immediately pull license and keys for 60 days.  Problem solved!  Do you think the government will actually try to resolve anything?

Fascinated | 29 October 2021 - 10:31:15

Good luck with that- aggressive tuk tuk drivers in Kamala are harassing people as they walk down the road at the moment. Who wants to get into a little red box with carp music blaring out. One sector that I have absolutely NO sympathy for. Taxis here even rip Thais off- but nothing is ever done other than 'please be nice'. good to know drivers should have a valid driving licence, 555.

Kurt | 29 October 2021 - 10:04:55

Urging?? Reminding?? Are Officials really that silly to believe that the transport mafia will be impressed by that meeting? They just laugh, in knowledge that no one dare to touch them. The participants of that meting loose face already on forehand if they not initiate a strong hand cleaning up handling.

Nasa12 | 29 October 2021 - 09:43:28

55555 and 5 a lot sh.t speaking from this gang, what they say. It’s time to scam and ki..ing on the road  this few tourist some coming to Phuket. 

BosysurfNaiHarn | 29 October 2021 - 09:42:18

gee, with this new recommendations, the drivers should increase the prices...When will the Smartbus start transport again?


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