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.