Phuket officers comment on recent ‘taxi’ fiasco – everything besides taxi meters

It’s the general public, especially tourists’, “misunderstanding” of the finest way taxis fares are charged on the island of Phuket that’s the problem.
That’s the reason from Phuket Land Transport Chief Jaturong Kaewkasi during an interview on an island radio station this week. The Phuket Land Transport has responded to final week’s viral video clip when a Thai man posted the altercation with a taxi driver demanding 600 baht for a 10-15 minute journey from Kamala to Patong Beach.
Myths has additionally re-released a list of normal set fares to be charged by the island’s taxis and tuk tuks. No point out of taxi meters.
One of his comments about the controversial fares advised that passengers have been entitled to “negotiate 50 baht greater or decrease than the set fare”. Again, no point out of taxi meters.
When the primary Sandbox venture, in Phuket, was launched final 12 months the Phuket Tourist Police revealed a schedule of charges after, just a 12 months earlier than, the former Phuket Governor declared that each one taxis in Phuket can be required to use their meters.

Last July’s revealed taxi fares in Phuket symbolize a big enhance on what passengers routinely pay for trips around Bangkok, for example. The set fares are also 3 – 4 times that calculated by taxi apps like Grab and Bolt who are making an attempt to get a foothold on Thailand’s most popular tourist island.
The PLT Chief went on to say, in quotes printed by The Phuket News, that the “agreed fares” (agreed by who?) have been fully supported by the Phuket Governor, the Phuket Tourism Association and the TAT.
Everything appears to be set in stone, except for the otherwise accepted use of taxi meters to determine a fair fare for passengers in Phuket.
The issue of Phuket taxi fares has been an ongoing controversy for greater than 20 year with The Thaiger and its former incarnation The Phuket Gazette publishing over 50 stories on the issue over recent many years. Even 20 years ago there’s a story revealed that Phuket Airport could eventually get served by taxis with meters.
“…metered airport taxis would reduce exorbitant fares and problems between reliable and black taxi operators on the airport.”

Multiple Phuket governors, police chiefs, and even the army (following two previous Thai authorities coups), have failed to break the strong grasp on the local industry by a cabal of taxi gangs..

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