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Move to let Taxi OK cabs charge more

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Move to let Taxi OK cabs charge more

By THE NATION

 

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THE LAND Transport Department is seeking a fare hike for cabs participating in the Taxi OK project.

 

The project now covers 12,893 of the 80,647 taxis across the country. 

 

Taxi OK cabs are equipped with GPS tracking, snap-shot cameras, an emergency button and other features that promise greater passenger safety. 

 

“We will submit our taxi-fare hike proposal to Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith before the end of this week,” the department’s deputy director general Komol Buranapong said yesterday. 

 

He said if Arkhom approved the proposal, an announcement would confirm the fare hike within the next 30 days. 

 

“Once the announcement appears in the Royal Gazette, the new fare rate will take effect,” he said. 

 

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According to Kamol, the proposal seeks to raise taxi fares by eight per cent on the overall fare, not the starting fare. 

 

“Fares, for example, will increase in traffic-jam areas,” he added, explaining the proposed rate was based on a study by the Thailand Development Research Institute. 

 

 Kamol said the study showed taxi drivers now earned just Bt1,564 in fares each day and after expenses they usually made just Bt400. Minimum daily wages in Bangkok are now Bt325. 

 

“As taxi drivers’ incomes should be around 1.5 times the minimum wage, taxi fares should be raised,” he said. 

 

He said taxis that were not yet in the Taxi OK project should adjust themselves to comply with the project’s conditions and join in so that they too could be entitled to the proposed higher rate. 

 

From October 1 last year until September 30 this year, authorities have received 48,223 complaints about taxi services. 

 

Most commonly reported problems are taxis refusing to take passengers, impoliteness, reckless driving, not using the taxi meter and not dropping passengers at the agreed location. 

 

“The number of complaints is higher than in previous years,” Kamol said,

 

He said his department would present these statistics to Arkhom alongside its fare-hike proposal. 

 

Taxi passengers’ complaints about taxi services have usually increased whenever there is talk of fare-hikes being in the pipeline. 

 

Everyone living Bangkok has known someone who has been turned away by taxi services before. 

 

This is despite the fact that the laws forbid taxi drivers from rejecting passengers. 

 
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-- © Copyright The Nation 2018-10-30

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

the laws forbid taxi drivers from rejecting passengers. 

the laws also decree a meter must be used to determine fares; ask any Pattaya policeman & he will tell you.

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2 hours ago, HappyAndRich said:

So, as long as they can´t follow the law, there should not even be a hike in fare up for discussion.

Exactly, and as long as the airport taxi's can't speak a word english i think they should learn that first before they get a raise..they are a shame for the country.

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DLT says no change to taxi fares as studies continue

 

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BANGKOK, 30th October 2018 (NNT) – The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has clarified that it is still reviewing the results of a study conducted by the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) into proper taxi service pricing and will not adjust fares at this time.

Deputy Director-General of the DLT Kamol Buranapong , acting as spokesperson for the department, said the TDRI has submitted its findings on safety and quality issues pertaining to taxi cabs, as well as a study of capital costs and appropriate fares. The DLT is now considering the results and will submit its own report to the Ministry of Transport, which earlier raised taxi fares up to 8 percent on December 13, 2014. 

For the second phase of taxi fare adjustments, the TDRI has proposed three guidelines that would all maintain initial fares at 35 baht but adjust costs based on circumstances such as traffic congestion. It pointed out that any adjustment should not increase prices from their present point by more than 8 percent and should only apply to cabs that have passed through the Taxi OK program; so far a total of 13,000 out of Bangkok’s 80,000 taxis have been successful. 

So far this year, 48,223 complaints have been made on the 1584 taxi hotline. The top five complaints are refusing a fare, inappropriate behavior, dangerous driving, dubious charges and incorrect delivery. The DLT is to consider the large number of complaints as part of its review of fares.

 
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Actually those Taxi OK cabs are pretty good.  New, clean, never had a problem with the drivers who actually seemed kind of trained.  I flag them down whenever possible if I see one.  Never tried the app though.  

 

They deserve a slightly higher fare.  

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1 minute ago, cracker1 said:

How can I know if I am flagging an OK Taxi or not ?

It says App Taxi GPS on the light on the top of the car. 

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4 minutes ago, cracker1 said:

How can I know if I am flagging an OK Taxi or not ?

Look at the pic, they have this sign on the roof..

 

I spotted one yesterday but didn't know it was one of those new ones...also i think it's fair if these taxi's can charge more since they also deliver much more quality than those old crappy ones that come out at night in the subs.

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4 hours ago, KittenKong said:

Interesting idea. Does that button provide a high-voltage shock to the driver's backside, for use when the passenger spots him texting/drinking/sleeping whilst driving?

Don't forget having a wank.

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Funny in other countries the cameras are there to protect the driver, in Thailand to protect the passengers!

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