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Thousands of GrabBike taxis to be ordered off the road

Thousands of GrabBike taxis to be ordered off the road

BANGKOK: Hundreds of thousands of regular passengers of GrabBike will be looking for alternative transport after the unregistered motorcycle taxis are removed from service in mid-July by order of the Department of Land Transport (DLT).

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 23 June 2022, 10:36AM

Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

And tens of thousands of Grab Bike drivers will be out of work.

Grab Thailand recently notified its driver partners that it is required to expel drivers who use motorcycles which are unregistered for public transport service within 30 days, which falls on July 15.

Worachat Luxkanalode, executive director at Grab Thailand, said this would affect tens of thousands of driver partners, who would lose their livelihood.

Grab was obliged to follow through on the DLT demand that GrabBike drivers must have have public transport driving licences and their motorcycles be registered for public transport service, he said.

The drivers are also required to provide service only in the area where they are registered with the DLT, with fares at the same rate as applied at motorcycle-taxi queues, according to the DLT stipulation.

Mr Worachat said if state agencies fail to provide assistance to tens of thousands of GrabBike drivers in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, these drivers would be left in the lurch with no incomes to feed their families.

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This would affect hundreds of thousands of regular passengers, who would have a more limited choice of transport, he said.

Mr Worachat said Grab will again meet with the DLT this week and ask it to consider ways to alleviate the impact and the timeframe.

“The company is ready to assist driver partners to the full,” Mr Worachat said.

According to the Grab notification letter sent to drivers, the company has put every effort over the past several months into trying to solve the problem with the DLT and ease the impact on drivers and passengers, but there was still no clear solution from the DLT.

An online petition has been launched on change.org in opposition to the move.

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JohnC | 24 June 2022 - 08:51:00

Does this same rule apply to ALL motorbike taxi queues throughout Thailand or just Grab? I can't imagine the taxi mafia accepting they have to be registered as public transport services....

Capricornball | 23 June 2022 - 19:16:28

Once again, the criminal public transport mafia gives a calling to it's corrupt partners in gov't in order to keep their criminal stranglehold on others that are not part of their nest of rats.  Maybe many gov't bosses have a vested stake in making sure their thug friends in the street keep the money flowing under the table.  Nothing legitimate in this action.

BigaAResort | 23 June 2022 - 15:40:55

Kurt,don't play naive

Jor12 | 23 June 2022 - 14:40:56

Kurt...it's because the regulations have just been promulgated.  

Fascinated | 23 June 2022 - 12:13:50

A shame they won't crack down on grab food delivery riders as well. thye are a dangerous menace on the roads of Phuket with their reckless driving.

Kurt | 23 June 2022 - 11:03:51

Why did thousands of Crabbike drivers not register in time, to secure their jobs and income to feed their families?  What is going on?


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