Patong improving? Don’t hold your breath…

I notice that the tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are using the new one-way system as an excuse for huge increases in fares. I recently paid 80 baht for the same motorbike taxi fare that was a flat 20 baht in September.

The most annoying factor is having to enter into haggling over the price before getting in the tuk-tuk or on the motorbike. It was great when the prices were standard. What happened to those standard fares?

For me haggling has lost its charm so I now walk where I used to ride and the motorbike taxi and tuk-tuk drivers sit by the road...

  • Asked on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 10:58 AM
    Tim Devlin, Patong.

In 2002 the Transportation Department set a schedule of standard fares, which was agreed to by representatives of tuk-tuk drivers on Phuket.

However this schedule was just an agreement, not a regulation.

Last month I asked the Phuket Governor to revise the set tuk-tuk fares in Phuket. He has already set up a committee, which has yet to propose a new schedule of fares.

The new standard fares proposed by the Governor will be sent to the Ministry of Transport in Bangkok to consider making into law.

Only after the new fares have been made into regulations can we take action against tuk-tuk drivers who charge more than the set fares.

  • Answered on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 03:11 PM
    Surapol Tonrungreanetawee, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Land Transportation Office.

The stench from Patong sewers is from some restaurants and hotels in Patong not having septic tanks, which help break down wastewater before it joins the main sewers. The stench from wastewater from restaurants – seafood restaurants in particular – smells very bad.

Also the sewers are made from cement, and sometimes waste is trapped where segments of the cement pipes join.

Patong Municipality is not ignoring this problem. Now we have arranged for staff to clear out sewers two days a week. They use bacteria to break down the waste caught in the pipes.

We have also issued a letter asking owners of hotels and restaurants to install septic tanks.

We have also asked for Phuket Provincial Prison to provide well-behaved prisoners to help us clean out the sewers. Once we have confirmed that we have prisoners to help us we will increase the number of days we clean out the sewers.

  • Answered on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 10:58 AM
    Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban.
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