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Uber says govt agrees to study ridesharing benefits
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BANGKOK: -- Uber claimed on Monday that the government had agreed to have an independent third party carry out a study of the benefits from ridesharing.

 

Amy Kunrojpanya, director of Policy and Communications for Uber in Asia Pacific, made the claim in a press statement after she was given an opportunity to meet representatives of the Land Transport Department and the Transport Ministry.

 

“Today, we’d like to thank the Ministry of Transport for the opportunity to talk about ridesharing and how technology can play a role in ensuring safe and reliable transportation,” the director said.

 

She said at the meeting, Uber urged the government to amend the existing Motor Vehicle Act so that it allows for ridesharing in Thailand. 

 

“Uber is pleased that the government agreed to conducting independent third party research into ridesharing regulations and the benefits they bring to Thailand, as they have in so many other countries in the region,” Amy said.

 

She said the government agreed that the study would take six to 12 months. 

 

“We look forward to contributions to the study and hope for a speedy resolution,” Amy added in the statement.

 

“We remain committed to our mission of providing reliable transportation for everyone and will continue to serve Thai riders, drivers and cities.”

 

The meeting was held after the Land Transport Department stepped up crackdowns on Uber drivers on grounds that they were violating the law by using non-registered vehicles as taxis.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30309724

 
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Grab bike was great, far superior to the win guys, didn't take long to close it down.

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The object here by the study is to see how much the government can make out of it

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Uber is ok: clean cars, not smelly, drivers don't drive crazy, no arguments about destinations or fares, cashless. 

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1 hour ago, Tracyb said:

Happy to hear that UBER will continue to serve customers in Thailand.  We use them every time we land at BKK. ( five times in the last six months) Why?  We always pay the same rate each time we go to our condo in the city, we no longer have to deal with "adjusted" meters, the Uber drivers are courteous and safe drivers, and the cars are clean.  Gone are the days of intoxicated or drug addled drivers demanding extra $$ for luggage while providing poor service in sub standard vehicles while traveling at unsafe speeds on the road passing other vehicles in an unsafe manner while using their cell phones for texts and conversations.  Oh, and Uber drivers never refuse a customer!  The Uber drivers are also Thai citizens working hard trying to make a living.  We don't feel we're taking anything away from cadre of taxi drivers, we're just choosing what we believe is the safer path.

 

Amen, In Chiang Mai we don't even have metered taxis, that's why Uber is totally killing it here and the taxi mafia are now panicking and witchhunting normal Thai people that happen to drop off foreign friends at the airport. 

 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

BANGKOK: -- Uber claimed on Monday that the government had agreed to have an independent third party carry out a study of the benefits from ridesharing.

 

Red and yellow shirt is taken so what color can we pick out for the taxi driver party. They will not silently go off into the good night. 

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Good news for tourist n passengers who need a good, honest reliable ride.

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Thailand 0.4, If ride-sharing services are banned. Backward and primitive.

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Ministry asks Uber to stop services temporarily pending 6-12 months study

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Ministry of Transport has asked Uber Thailand to halt its taxi service temporarily pending a comparative study of the taxi service via mobile applications in other countries.

 

The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Somsak Hommuang said the ministry is in the process of hiring an experienced company to conduct study of the use of  mobile technology in calling taxi service.

 

He said the ministry needs to know everything from the standards of vehicles to be used, supervision of drivers, service users, as well as taxation with comparison with services in other countries which such services are in operation, such as in Malaysia and Singapore.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/ministry-asks-uber-stop-services-temporarily-pending-6-12-months-study/

 
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The mafia getting there nosed pushed. Have not moved with the times.?

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4 hours ago, hobz said:

Amen, In Chiang Mai we don't even have metered taxis, that's why Uber is totally killing it here and the taxi mafia are now panicking and witchhunting normal Thai people that happen to drop off foreign friends at the airport. 

 

The red taxis have been mafia run for more than 20 years.

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Study... how much you give us?? How much?

 

You let regular people earn money, you bad bad!! It takes money from hard working government (mafia)

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This will not be legal in Thailand , too many angry taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter. 

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