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Taxi drivers upset over problems with gas credit cards

The Nation on Sunday

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BANGKOK:-- Representatives of taxi drivers asked the House committee on economic development yesterday to help solve problems resulting from the use of energy credit cards issued recently by the government.

Narong Mee-phol, chairman of the National Assembly of Taxi Drivers, and Somboon Janyalert, head of a group that lobbies for the rights of taxi drivers, told Democrat MP for Bangkok Chanin Rungsaeng the credit card programme was not working properly.

To help taxi drivers cope with higher prices for fuel as the Yingluck government floats energy prices, more than 30,000 credit cards were issued to cabs offering a credit line of Bt3,000 per card and discounts on natural gas worth up to Bt9,000 per month.

However, Narong said there were many problems with the move, such as a shortage of gas stations that accept the credit cards, especially in areas close to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

There have also been mistakes in providing discounts to taxi cabs.

Somboon said drivers affected by the programme would file a petition against the Yingluck administration, the Transport Ministry and PTT Plc in the Administrative Court.

"We want the court to help protect our right as we have been affected by the government's policy on natural gas. Taxi cabs spend over Bt50,000 per vehicle in equipment to use natural gas.

"Then the government raised the gas price and introduced the energy credit programme when it was not ready, resulting in many problems for taxi drivers," he said.

Drivers urged the government to approve an increase in taxi fares following the hike in natural-gas prices to reflect the higher cost of fuel.

Chanin, in his capacity as chair of the House panel on economic development, said the government should review energy prices and its credit card policy due to the problems cited by taxi drivers.

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-- The Nation 2012-02-19

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Why not just raise the taxi fare to reflect the true cost of energy?

Oh no, then we will have inflation, so better to subsidize!

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This government deserves everything it is getting. They have absolutely no coherent energy policy at all. As peak oil and energy depletion start to hit home in the future, all Thais are going to learn how the current erratic and unenlightened policies today are going to have dramatic, negative impacts on their livelihoods tomorrow.

Used in the right way, subsidies can provide a very necessary incentive for shaping consumer behavior away from resources that are in short supply and towards areas with more long term advantages. Often times, the solution that is most beneficial in the long term can never be done cost effectively on the open market. Such was the idea behind CNG in the first place, which could never have competed with liquid based fuels in the marketplace, but has many inherent advantages in long term stability for society. For example, it can be sourced locally to some degree, and supplies of imported LNG are readily available from Australia, bypassing the increasingly unstable waters of the Middle East. And the government has enjoyed limited success with their NGV policies so far. The appropriate move now is to raise the price of NGV and taxes on diesel fuel simultaneously so that the fiscal side comes into balance.

That also requires that the price of everything, including taxi fares, rise to reflect the reality of the increased fuel cost. Those price rises need to flow through the market so that appropriate decisions can be made by everyone on how to spend their limited income, and to make sure that those who have complied with the government incentives receive their appropriate rewards in lower achievable prices than their competitors. This government is trying to implement only half of a policy and doing a very poor job of that.

The taxi drivers are absolutely correct. Do away with this stupid credit card scheme and raise the taxi fares. Also raise the taxes on diesel and liquid fuels to maintain the incentives for switching to and using NGV. Just for once I wish the government would try and think of the country first. This area is too important to screw up.

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PTP has yet to show the competence necessary to run a 2-hole outhouse.

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PTP has yet to show the competence necessary to run a 2-hole outhouse.

And the PTP wouldn't even have to worry about keeping the toilet paper stocked.

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Som nam na Taxi Divers!! passifier.gifclap2.gif

After seeing you Dirtbags in action during the Riots and Arson attacks all I can say is I hope your happy now?

You got your Credit cards from your paymasters no one said they would be useful...

I avoid using the Taxis at all costs Unsafe, Unclean, Unethical, Uneducated, dirt bags..

Has this got anything to do with the reduction in Motorcycle Taxis lately or is that just my soi?

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All this criticism of taxi drivers puzzles me, I have always found them decent guys, apart from the airport ones that I now never use.

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Another 30 000 votes lost 5555555

60,000 taxis in Bangkok.

2 shifts

120,000 votes. And that's just Bangkok

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Another 30 000 votes lost 5555555

60,000 taxis in Bangkok.

2 shifts

120,000 votes. And that's just Bangkok

Except very few of them vote in Bangkok. And also, the credit cards are probably not available to taxi drivers outside Bangkok anyway.

So that's 120,000 votes country wide ... although, there would probably wives and family members as well.

But, also, would they actually change their vote? There could be lots of reasons why they wouldn't ... one or two of them might even be valid.

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Som nam na Taxi Divers!! passifier.gifclap2.gif

After seeing you Dirtbags in action during the Riots and Arson attacks all I can say is I hope your happy now?

You got your Credit cards from your paymasters no one said they would be useful...

I avoid using the Taxis at all costs Unsafe, Unclean, Unethical, Uneducated, dirt bags..

Has this got anything to do with the reduction in Motorcycle Taxis lately or is that just my soi?

Whilst I totally agree with the som nam na, your generalisation of the Taxi drivers as '...,uneducated, dirt bags' is an insult to the thousands of drivers who are doing a rather good job every day. Your political leaning seems to cloud your fair judgment, if you want to see real sleazebag taxi drivers go visit Pukhet or Samui, you'll praise BKK's taxis upon return.wink.png

I would think the only ones who were issued the cards were ones who participated in the riots (As payments) so to the ones who are complaining I say suck eggs.

I have yet to have a plesent experience with a Taxi in Thailand

2 Times I have been threatened, My Wife has been groped and had her handbag stolen, Multiple times we have been overcharged or "No change", I cannot count how many times we have been refused because we will not pay 500 THB "Meter broken" Not one Taxi I have seen is Safe with seatbelt, Decent tires, and proper safe driving....

So when I have a decent experience I may change my mind

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Som nam na Taxi Divers!! passifier.gifclap2.gif

After seeing you Dirtbags in action during the Riots and Arson attacks all I can say is I hope your happy now?

You got your Credit cards from your paymasters no one said they would be useful...

I avoid using the Taxis at all costs Unsafe, Unclean, Unethical, Uneducated, dirt bags..

Has this got anything to do with the reduction in Motorcycle Taxis lately or is that just my soi?

Whilst I totally agree with the som nam na, your generalisation of the Taxi drivers as '...,uneducated, dirt bags' is an insult to the thousands of drivers who are doing a rather good job every day. Your political leaning seems to cloud your fair judgment, if you want to see real sleazebag taxi drivers go visit Pukhet or Samui, you'll praise BKK's taxis upon return.wink.png

Have to agree Tom. After years of complaint, Samui taxi drivers agreed to a "fuel surcharge" to be added to every fare. Despite this, I have yet to find a cabby willing to turn on the meter. OTOH I have had many pleasant txi trips in BKK all of which start with a request in Thai to turn on the meter.

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