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Tourists caught up in continuing Red Taxi vs Grabcar/Uber war!

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Tourists caught up in continuing Red Taxi vs Grabcar/Uber war!

 

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CHIANG MAI: -- Five tourists in Chiang Mai got caught up in the continuing war between the city's red "song thaew" taxis and the Grabcar service.

 

An owner of a hostel in the San Sai area outside the city went on Facebook to say that five tourists had asked him to get a vehicle to take them to Wat Prasingh, reported Manager Online.

 

A red taxi turned up and asked for 600 baht which they rejected as too expensive. They then asked the owner to call Grabcar and they went with that.

 

When they reached their destination they said an argument broke out with red taxi drivers there. The tourists apparently fled the scene of the argument.

 

It was posted that all the tourists were women and that they were chased by the red taxi drivers at the temple causing them considerable distress. They feared they were about to be attacked for using Grabcar.

 

Later a representative of the red taxi drivers' association said it was nonsense. CCTV footage had been studied and they were not all women - two of the five were men. And the red taxi drivers were not chasing them at all - they were chasing the Grabcar driver.

 

Suggestions were made that such posting online contravened the Computer Crime Act and the red taxi drivers could sue the poster for defamation.

 

Manager reported that there are incidents in the city between the red taxis and Uber and Grabcar on a continuing basis.

 

Source: Manager Online

 
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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Suggestions were made that such posting online contravened the Computer Crime Act and the red taxi drivers could sue the poster for defamation.

Would that poster be a tourist? Only identified as an "it."

If indeed a tourist, their perception that they were being chased would be an honest expression. But more importantly, does the government really want to encourage use of the Computer Crime Act to punish tourists who believe they have been abused?

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The local mafia, control the Songthaew. Have done for more than 20 years. This could get dangerous.?

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Hmmmmm.....songthaew vs. salon.....firing squad vs. electric chair.....better choose that air-conditioned alternative.

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This is an interesting phenomenon, going on all over the world.  Uber and similar apps are destroying the taxi industry...here's one in San Francisco.

 

http://fortune.com/2016/01/25/san-francisco-taxi-company-bankruptcy-uber/

 

But is this a good or bad thing?  I'm a free market guy who believes in survival of the fittest.  But on the other hand, you need to have some compassion.  These drivers who are losing their livelihoods have families to look after.  Yes, some are scum and crooks, but I'd say most are not.  

 

Many are saying that the government shouldn't be getting involved in the free market, but in fact, governments do all the time.  In my home country (USA), we have highly paid lobbyists who do nothing else but to get lawmakers to protect their particular industry.  So you can say the "song thaew" lobbyists are doing their job to protect their industry. 

 

It'd be great if these drivers and Uber can coexist.  That would be better for the public, competition and all that.  But it will get uglier before it gets better as this plays out.

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ID: 12   Posted (edited)

1 hour ago, Berkshire said:

Uber and similar apps are destroying the taxi industry...

Good. Something needs to change. Taxi drivers need to up their game and play it fairly. Without competition this won't happen.

Edited by slippedisc
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I can accept Uber and Grab but they need to provide cars that are insured for public transportation and drivers with Taxi licence that know what they are doing and where they are going..

I thought that I should try Uber once in BKK, never again! I have made the same ride by Taxi many times before and the latest was the day before that incident. When we were in an area that I didn't recognize I checked the GPS on my phone and then asked the driver "Where are we?" and he just answered that he was not sure where the address I had given where in BKK so he had gone for Sukhumwit road as I was a foreigner l, my goal were in Bangkok Noi, he was something like 2-30 km off!

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12 hours ago, clockman said:

The local mafia, control the Songthaew. Have done for more than 20 years. This could get dangerous.?

 

True, in a society where its people are more than willing to pull a gun on you (and use it) over a dog, this could get ugly.

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