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  1. No, pumpkin likes the current PM. the terms criminal and justice only applies to people he hates. Of course the term criminal handed down by a Thai court is in any case highly inflated. as such Thaksin can pretty much go anywhere in the world except for Thailand, says all you need to know.
  2. No he hit the nail right on the head. I would like to add that the validity of the impeachment is of course zero. Thailand's rubber stamp parliament, where none of the MP's actually obtained a valid mandate, voted on the basis that Thakin's passports couldn't be returned due to his name appearing on a terrorism list ? is that really the best they could come up with. what an absolute joke.
  3. The last time Thailand tried to rattle their tree they lost :D Hands off the Lao, they are a great bunch of people, with an actual sense of humour .
  4. "Yet, a new question arises: Why doesn’t the Auditor General also carry out tax probes into key members of the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration? " Yeah right, maybe the Auditor General isn't too keen on one of those attitude adjustment sessions, or worse, he could be locked up for LM and die bodies cremated. Do people not know by now that the members of the current administration are above the law, or actually they ARE the law ?
  5. Kl is just an example. Not that having a skytrain and MRT is some kind of big advantage, certainly not with completely separate ticketing systems. The two systems are nice. Lightyears ahead they are not. The ARL is a classic example of how to not organize a mass transit system by the way.
  6. Again Uber. I bet they were happy that the government agreed to see if a service such aa Uber can be incorporated into the law. Of course the understandable request to seize service until this investigation was concluded is now being denied by Uber. Arrogant and extremley stupid. If I were the Thai government, the investigation would be called off and cracking down on Uber would be in full swing by now. It seems repect of the law, and respect of partners (in this case the Thai government) is deemed nlt necessary by Uber. I think that alone speaks volumes of the kind of people concerned...
  7. No no, that cannot happen, because it is certain they will win again. The whole reason for the coup is the fact that according to some influential people those pesky voters continue to vote the wrong people into office. Only the good people should be allowed to scam the tax payers, not some telecom high so that doesn't belong :D
  8. They will never learn, banning of alcohol sale will not help. Maybe the 50 representatives could focus on awareness that drunk driving is dangerous and illegal. And leave people that don't drive and just want to buy a drink the <deleted> alone.
  9. Well I cannot answer that question for them. They did announce they would crack down on taxi drivers refusing to turn on the meter or refusing rides (which is also illegal) some time ago. As to uber, they are intending to not follow all kinds of regulations, as I said earlier, this is not a Thai only thing, Uber finds itself in hot water with authorities in quite a few other countries as well. Their business model might have something to do with that. In any case, there should be a level playing field, Uber should not be allowed to sidestep regulations other competitors are following.
  10. Hmm you know Sukhumvit is a long street right ? I stay right on Sukhumit (near 38) and taxis there always use the meter, and never refuse a ride. I agree, the ones around the tourist mekka (near soi 4) can be dodgy. I just threaten to report them and that usually works fine. The percentage of drivers doing what you describe is so tiny, it would be unjust to paint the whole basket..
  11. As far as I know the metered system as has been created in Bangkok only is applicable to Bangkok, although in cities like Udon they do use the meter most of the times. I don't think using the metered system is the only gripe against Uber. However for Chiang Mai I can understand the appeal of a service like Uber, in Bangkok however, I feel they should only be allowed to operate if they follow the same rules as all the taxi companies inside of the Bangkok city limits have to follow, and in the case of Bangkok this means a legal obligation to use the meter, unless the destination is outside of the city limits. Thailand is not the only country cracking down on Uber, in Europe there are several countries where they are not allowed to operate for the same reasons, their inability to follow the same rules and guidelines that all others are following. Level playing field and fair competition. Being hip and techy isn't an excuse to try and get away with these antics.
  12. since when are there metered taxis in Chiang Mai ? In Bangkok where I am referring to, they do and they are obliged to do so by law.
  13. Oh I am sure the current government has not been following some rules here or there. However, I am not aware that they operate a taxi business in Thailand that tries to operate outside of the relevant rules, which is the subject of this thread...
  14. My post wasn't about taxis being amazing, it was about Uber not following the rules. They have been requested to seize their operations pending this new investigation, let's see if they follow this request, if they don't, I think it is fair to say that they are not going to be operating much longer in Thailand, and 100% justified.