Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: Yellow-roofed tuk-tuks costing a flat fee of 30 baht are on the road to Phuket Town in order to lessen congestion and provide affordable public transport in the area, explained Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong.

“There will be 87 tuk-tuks registered under the 30-baht flat-fee program. They will only be able to operate in Phuket Town toward Bang Khu intersection and along bypass road to Kwang Road via Chao Fa East and West,” Gov Nisit said. “We want to make Phuket like other popular provinces by providing cheap tuk-tuk services inside the municipality area.”

To help officers enforce the law and prevent tuk-tuk drivers from overcharging and working outside their remit, the roofs of the tuk-tuks will be painted yellow. Drivers caught breaking the rules will be fined 5,000 baht. Repeat offenders will have their permission to operate the service revoked, confirmed Gov Nisit.

“The driver’s identification information will be clearly displayed, as will a complaint contact number,” said Gov Nisit.

“This will be a great alternative to driving for people in Phuket Town. I urge all tuk-tuk drivers involved in the plan to adhere to the conditions. We’ve done our part to support them, now they must help us build a positive reputation for Phuket’s public transportation.”

The Governor’s announcement comes in the wake of protests in May by illegal tuk-tuk drivers seeking an opportunity to legitimize their business (story here).

“We have yet to set the launching date, as some of the tuk-tuk drivers are working on getting their public transportation registration [to get the yellow plate number]. We expect to launch in mid-August. However, another meeting must be held before then,” Jaturong Kaewkasi, chief policy adviser of the Phuket Land Transport Office, told the Phuket Gazette today.

— Chutharat Plerin

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie July 30, 2015 03:19:27PM

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Oh well, I'm sure tourists in Patong won't mind paying 1,000 baht to get to Phuket Town to try them out.

Posted by agogohome July 30, 2015 03:52:27PM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks July 30, 2015 08:48:11PM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks

You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree July 30, 2015 10:18:27PM

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Great idea, PATONG next?

Posted by john July 31, 2015 01:41:17AM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks

You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years) July 31, 2015 10:53:16AM

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You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years)

I get it... another way to rob tourists. Why tourists come to Phuket is beyond me. I am now going to Vietnam, Singapore, and Bali, where it is nice and people are polite and are always happy to see tourists.

Posted by Charlie July 31, 2015 07:45:10PM

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You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years)

I get it... another way to rob tourists. Why tourists come to Phuket is beyond me. I am now going to Vietnam, Singapore, and Bali, where it is nice and people are polite and are always happy to see tourists.

Posted by Charlie

What a fagged-out, CLASSIC chestnut of a comment. If you knew how many mal-contents (at least a dozen a year) make that same comment -- "I'm going to Vietnam [or Bali]" (no one ever says Singapore) -- you'd try to complain a bit less bitterly. Anyway, the more than 4 million tourists who've already visited Phuket this year can't all be wrong.

Posted by Horace Beasely July 31, 2015 08:51:25PM

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At least three of these are in use in Karon now, and I bet they charge more than 30 baht.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin October 7, 2015 11:54:37AM

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At least three of these are in use in Karon now, and I bet they charge more than 30 baht.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin October 7, 2015 11:54:37AM

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You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years)

I get it... another way to rob tourists. Why tourists come to Phuket is beyond me. I am now going to Vietnam, Singapore, and Bali, where it is nice and people are polite and are always happy to see tourists.

Posted by Charlie

What a fagged-out, CLASSIC chestnut of a comment. If you knew how many mal-contents (at least a dozen a year) make that same comment -- "I'm going to Vietnam [or Bali]" (no one ever says Singapore) -- you'd try to complain a bit less bitterly. Anyway, the more than 4 million tourists who've already visited Phuket this year can't all be wrong.

Posted by Horace Beasely July 31, 2015 08:51:25PM

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You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years)

I get it... another way to rob tourists. Why tourists come to Phuket is beyond me. I am now going to Vietnam, Singapore, and Bali, where it is nice and people are polite and are always happy to see tourists.

Posted by Charlie July 31, 2015 07:45:10PM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks

You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree

Amazing:)) They bought 89 tuk-tuks as a PR stunt? Err, I don't think so:) Pink bus? Try using it; you'll understand the urgent need for reasonably priced tuk-tuks. Have you ever visited Phuket Town? And do you have something against the EAST coast? Phuket is not ONLY for tourists, Mister.

Posted by Eugene Styles (Phuket Town - 12 years) July 31, 2015 10:53:16AM

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Great idea, PATONG next?

Posted by john July 31, 2015 01:41:17AM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks

You really don't get it do you. This is Phuket Town ONLY, where pink buses already operate for free. Its a sop and a publicity stunt, nothing else – the real problem is not Phuket Town but sensible transport infrastructure within and between West Coast beaches.

Posted by Mister Ree July 30, 2015 10:18:27PM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. 30-baht tuk-tuks for Phuket Town is very bad news. This is just exactly what Phuket does not need: reasonably priced public transportation.

Posted by Progress Sucks July 30, 2015 08:48:11PM

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Oh well, I'm sure tourists in Patong won't mind paying 1,000 baht to get to Phuket Town to try them out.

Posted by agogohome July 30, 2015 03:52:27PM

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30 baht today 300 baht next year. what about trying Patong Beach where the Mob and local corrupt politicians and police rob the tourists?

Posted by Charlie July 30, 2015 03:19:27PM

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