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BANGKOK 21 November 2018 02:56
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Taxi vans want the same deal as VIP cabs - 100 baht from airports and right not to use meter

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Taxi vans want the same deal as VIP cabs - 100 baht from airports and right not to use meter

 

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Daily news reported that a threatened boycott by 1000 taxi vans at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok failed to materialize today. 

 

The drivers of the vans that are bigger than normal cabs are incensed that the newly introduced "VIP" cabs can charge 100 baht surcharge to use the airport instead of the standard 50 baht. 

 

The van drivers said they are larger, can accommodate more passengers and luggage and should not be disadvantaged. They want the same 100 baht extra deal.

 

The VIP cabs started operations on Sunday. 

 

That is not the van drivers only beef with the authorities. They want the same rights not to turn on the meter as the VIP cabs.

 

The VIP cabs can forget the meter on journeys over 300 kilometers. Van drivers say that fares are too low as it is and facing suspensions for not turning on the meter is unjust.

 

They need to start charging their own rates, they have threatened.

 

Daily News said that 50 drivers had earlier protested about the situation and decided with others to boycott Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang today, Friday.

 

However, sources at Bangkok's main airport said this had not happened suggesting that the van drivers were conducting a waiting game to see if the authorities would give in to their demands. 

 

Source: Daily News

 
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They better not get wind of how much the aussies are getting stiffed with their taxi prices.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Daily News said that 50 drivers had earlier protested about the situation and decided with others to boycott Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang today, Friday.

Good news for travellers, then.

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17 minutes ago, 8OA8 said:

I'll take a guess that the taxi in Aus will have insurance cover to cover any and all forms of injury sustained during their ride.

All licences rigorously checked, in car CCTV and I believe a new duress button? Correct me if I am wrong. 

The cars are ALL fitted with safety shields for the drivers and all cars have two way radio and vehicles police examined every year. 

This costs money and it is reflected in the fares which are expensive. 

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Can't even organise a protest under themselves. I guess that say all about their competencies...
If they piss me off, a grab taxi is never far away...

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30 minutes ago, 8OA8 said:

I'll take a guess that the taxi in Aus will have insurance cover to cover any and all forms of injury sustained during their ride.

For what they charge, they certainly would. In any case, standard registration 3rd party insurance covers those costs.

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