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Taxi scam damages expo

BANGKOK: Complaints about taxi scams at the THAIFEX exhibition flooded social media yeserday (May 26) as passengers reportedly were charged B4,000-5,000 for trips from Impact Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi to Bangkok’s city centre.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 27 May 2023, 09:42AM

An inspector from the Department of Land Transport patrols taxi services at Impact Muang Thong Thani yesterday (May 26). Photo: Bangkok Post

An inspector from the Department of Land Transport patrols taxi services at Impact Muang Thong Thani yesterday (May 26). Photo: Bangkok Post

THAIFEX–ANUGA ASIA 2023, one of the biggest trade events in Thailand, returned for a full-scale exhibition for the first time following the pandemic, occupying 130,000 square metres of space at Impact Muang Thong Thani from May 23-27. According to the organiser, the event drew almost 2,700 exhibitors from Thailand and 40 countries, reports the Bangkok Post.

With an average of 22,000 participants per day, there were complaints on social media Thursday about traffic conditions around the exhibition centre and inadequate public transport.

A Facebook user said taxi drivers turned away Thais wanting a ride, preferring to take foreign passengers and shutting off their meters, charging B4,000-5,000 to destinations on Silom and Sukhumvit roads.

Some online users said construction of the MRT Pink Line contributed to traffic in the area.

According to the government, construction of the Pink Line from Kae Rai to Min Buri was 96.4% complete as of April. However, the Pink Line extension to Muang Thong Thani is 20.4% complete and is projected to finish in 2025.

The vice-governor of Nonthaburi submitted an urgent letter to the Nonthaburi Provincial Transport Office on May 25, urging the office to allocate public transport inspectors to the area.

The Department of Land Transport posted on its Facebook account on Friday, saying it allocated inspectors to the exhibition centre and fined one taxi driver B1,000 because the driver refused to use the meter.

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The department reportedly rejected accusations that the area is under private management, meaning it could not deploy an inspection team from the beginning.

Pravit Sribanditmongkol, an advisor to the Thai Exhibition Association, said taxi scams are a critical concern for many large international events this year, not only THAIFEX.

He said such incidents destroy the reputation of a country that wants to promote itself as a hub for the Mice (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) segment.

Mr Pravit said international participants might be the main target of taxi scams, but Thai passengers face the issue of overpriced taxis everywhere.

“We’re resuming our Mice business strongly after the pandemic, on a bigger international scale than before 2019. If the authorities cannot take decisive action against these crimes, nobody will choose to visit Thailand in the future,” he said.

Jintana Phongpakdee, director of corporate communications for Impact Exhibition Management, said Impact is preparing free roundtrip shuttle services today from Mo Chit skytrain station to the exhibition centre to reduce taxi scams during the last day of the event, which is open to the public.

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Capricornball | 28 May 2023 - 00:33:47

Simply amazing how the Thai government continues to allow the taxi cartels and their mafia Transport Offices to blacken the eyes of the entire country. Scum of the earth public transport vermin continue to expand their vile reputation across the globe, costing Thailand millions of baht in lost tourism revenue. It is REAL, taxis are killing tourism, and nothing is ever done about it.

Old guy | 27 May 2023 - 17:57:48


Old guy | 27 May 2023 - 14:10:47

A clear indicator that Expo 2028 should stay away from Thailand. 
How about those projects that are --.4% completed. .4% !! Demonstrates that they'll say anything no matter how dumb. 

Kurt | 27 May 2023 - 11:54:46

Taxi-, transport scams keep going all over thailand, despite the 'official' talks and here and there a  fooling show-check-fine. Foreign countries who have to vote about Expo 2028, should realize their country men, visiting Phuket during any Expo 2028, are going literarely all the time being taken for a financial ride by Phuket taxis/vans., and special restaurant triple menu prices for the...


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