Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: More than a year after the National Council for Peace and Order made a sweeping effort to remove illegal taxi stands from Phuket, the provincial government has announced a plan to establish legal taxi ranks at ten locations throughout the island.

“The move to establish the taxi stops at some schools, hospitals and police stations on the island goes hand-in-hand with our effort to support GrabTaxi, as we establish an improved taxi system on the island,” Governor Nisit Jansomwong told the Phuket Gazette today.

Unlike Uber, which was originally declared illegal by local government officers as they claimed they could 'not understand' the business model (story here), the launch of GrabTaxi was tabled by Governor Nisit earlier this month. Both smartphone applications allow users to hail taxis in their vicinity.

“I realize that the metered-taxi services in Phuket are a bit more expensive than Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand. However, this is a good start,” Gov Nisit said.

“Taxi drivers used to earn a lot of money; it is time for them to be more reasonable.”

The Governor hopes that the new system will allow drivers to pick up more customers and provide a better overall service.

The ten official taxi queues will be at: Bus Terminal 1; Bus Terminal 2; Phuket City Police Station; Chalong Police Station; Karon Police Station; Phuket Provincial Hall; the Phuket Land Transportation Office; Patong Hospital; Loma Park in Patong; and Rajabhat University.

“Hopefully, having taxis spread out at these locations, and the ability to hail them via the GrabTaxi app, will help reduce the number of cars on the roads and ease the traffic congestion we see daily,” Gov Nisit added.

Earlier this week, Phuket officials snapped up six metered-taxi drivers who were caught tampering with their meters by the Phuket Land Transportation Office (PLTO). The drivers were fined 2,000 baht each for replacing the meters that they had registered with PLTO, says PLTO Chief Teerayout Prasertphol (story here).
— Chutharat Plerin

1

But no action on the illegal taxi stands that have returned to Patong, Kamala, Surin and other tourist traps on the island? 6 meter taxis busted out of all the ones that refuse to use them from the airport – nice to see progress.

Posted by Mister Ree July 30, 2015 10:24:06PM

Reply

10    10

2

But no action on the illegal taxi stands that have returned to Patong, Kamala, Surin and other tourist traps on the island? 6 meter taxis busted out of all the ones that refuse to use them from the airport – nice to see progress.

Posted by Mister Ree

Wake up! There's a great deal of progress. One governor cannot in 2 or 3 years change the entire transport system that was until now dominated for two decades by a massive Mob of thugs. The fact that the Mob still exists on the west coast does not – NOT – nullify the positive trends elsewhere on the island, or discredit the governor in any way. Take your blinders off.

Posted by Eugene Styles July 31, 2015 11:09:31AM

Reply

10    5

2

But no action on the illegal taxi stands that have returned to Patong, Kamala, Surin and other tourist traps on the island? 6 meter taxis busted out of all the ones that refuse to use them from the airport – nice to see progress.

Posted by Mister Ree

Wake up! There's a great deal of progress. One governor cannot in 2 or 3 years change the entire transport system that was until now dominated for two decades by a massive Mob of thugs. The fact that the Mob still exists on the west coast does not – NOT – nullify the positive trends elsewhere on the island, or discredit the governor in any way. Take your blinders off.

Posted by Eugene Styles July 31, 2015 11:09:31AM

Reply

10    5

1

But no action on the illegal taxi stands that have returned to Patong, Kamala, Surin and other tourist traps on the island? 6 meter taxis busted out of all the ones that refuse to use them from the airport – nice to see progress.

Posted by Mister Ree July 30, 2015 10:24:06PM

Reply

10    10

Right push panel.

Close
© 2017 The Phuket Gazette Co Ltd | Desktop Version