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Tourism drivers appeal for vehicle debt relief

Tourism drivers appeal for vehicle debt relief

PHUKET: Some 30 tourist passenger van drivers gathered at the Thanachart Bank branch on the bypass road today to appeal for relief on outstanding loans on their vehicles to help the drivers avoid seeing the vans repossessed.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 4 June 2021, 04:36PM

The drivers gathered at about 9:30am, asking for debt relief, saying they were representing many more tourism van drivers who have been unable to pay car loan installments due to the lack of work caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Due to the COVID-19 situation, there have been no tourists. As a result, operators of vehicle tourist services are suffering a lot, they have had no income and are unable to make payments on car loans Therefore, the relevant departments of the financial institution are requested to sympathise and help to freeze their debts for at least six months without interest,” one of the drivers said.

The bank repossessing the vehicles would not help the situation, the driver added.


“If the car is seized, we will be unable to work and Phuket reopens to tourists on July 1, there will be no cars to serve the tourists,” the driver pointed out.

“So we gathered together to ask for sympathy from Thanachart Bank and file a formal request for the bank provide assistance and help us be able to repay our loans later,” the driver added.

Representatives of Thanachart Bank agreed to meet with the drivers to discuss terms of future repayments, though they talks have yet to reach a conclusion, The Phuket News was told.

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Kurt | 05 June 2021 - 14:55:05

These rip off drivers made a lot of money during many years. Live in nice houses, had holidays in Europe, etc. Well, now they experience what 'saving money for rainy days' means.  If they had done that than now no need for crying. But they live by the day, not able to think about 'tomorrow'. Now they have to swim it up by them selves. Simple.

Christy Sweet | 05 June 2021 - 13:17:51

It's been pleasant driving without these dangerous, greedy maniacs on the roads. 

Capricornball | 05 June 2021 - 12:31:30

If there has been anything good about the Covid virus, it is that the roads are free from these reckless vultures that rip off tourists, jeopardize public safety, kill people, and damage Phukets reputation in the eyes of tourists. Nobody misses them, and nobody cares about their plight. If they repossessed 50% of the vans, there would still be too many on the roads.  Let them sink!

charles | 04 June 2021 - 21:49:58

Sorry no sympathy for these guys, everyone knows the majority of them overcharge , that's why Thais from Bangkok do not come to Phuket. Also I don't see any assistance that's being offered to the many foreign owned business lime mine that have effectively been closed for a year also 

Fascinated | 04 June 2021 - 19:18:27

They've never served tourists- they served themselves by ripping off tourists. They are not a special case and  can swivel as far as I'm concerned.


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