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Songtaew drivers complain again against Uber

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A delegation of songtaew drivers went to complain again against Uber and grab taxi because it seems that, since these services have started, songtaew drivers have seen less profits. I understand their issue since there is no law regulating such services but the law itself need a reform because it is outdated. 

 

Beside this, I think that these services have brought finally a choice and people can decide what to use instead than the usual songtaews. I personally like the service that Uber offer and I did use them instead of other services. I also think that somebody might still need songtaews but there a bit too many around and their service should be regulated as well. Instead of 2500 of them perhaps just 500 might be enough. However the way it works now I think there is no limit in the number of these "cars". Beside making the traffic worse, polluting and often requesting unreasonable fares, they are outdated and I feel hat the city needs a proper public transportation that works!

 

I'd like to start a petition myself for removing unnecessary songtaews and have them regulated as well. Got to improve and go farward for improving viability and reduce pollution.

Not saying this is the only problem on the road but should start from somewhere!!

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Get your ass down to City Hall and get on it. No petition needed or available.

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I doubt any songtaew driver is complaining.  I don't know what the prices are in CNX, but in Hua Hin its 10 baht a ride before 7 pm and 15 baht after 7 pm.  This is hardly in the same league as Uber.  

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Yeah this in Chiang mai it's more expensive then that for sure for the red ones anyway .

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Couple of red Songteaws we saw in CM yesterday had 30 baht fare signs (in Thai) on the sides

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Songteaws reduce traffic congestion - a full songteaw carries maybe 14 or more people, if they were all in cars, that might be 7 to 10 extra cars on the road. If they were all on motorcycles, there would be a lot more deaths and injuries. They're pretty cheap and flexible too, they're a great transportation option.  I generally find the drivers are fair and honest, although there are some that quote exorbitant fares - be careful of the ones parked outside shopping centers.

 

The real menace are the tuk-tuks - those are what Uber and Grab will replace. They're dangerous, uncomfortable, overpriced and have held their monopoly too long, preventing any reasonable alternatives from emerging until now.

 

I have no doubt Uber and Grab will prevail and replace tuk-tuks, but I expect Songteaws to remain - once uber/grab scale back their promotional pricing, they won't be competing with songteaws anymore.

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30 minutes ago, JomtienEats said:

Songteaws reduce traffic congestion - a full songteaw carries maybe 14 or more people, if they were all in cars, that might be 7 to 10 extra cars on the road. If they were all on motorcycles, there would be a lot more deaths and injuries. They're pretty cheap and flexible too, they're a great transportation option.  I generally find the drivers are fair and honest, although there are some that quote exorbitant fares - be careful of the ones parked outside shopping centers.

 

The real menace are the tuk-tuks - those are what Uber and Grab will replace. They're dangerous, uncomfortable, overpriced and have held their monopoly too long, preventing any reasonable alternatives from emerging until now.

 

I have no doubt Uber and Grab will prevail and replace tuk-tuks, but I expect Songteaws to remain - once uber/grab scale back their promotional pricing, they won't be competing with songteaws anymore.

I seldom see more than 2-3 people inside red songtaews. And most the time they go around empty.  I still think that they make worse the traffic of Chiang Mai and I rather have an affordable, more modern and reliable public transportation system. The white and blue songtaews is another story and i think they might still be necessary for people that commute from the outside the city.

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44 minutes ago, tropico said:

I seldom see more than 2-3 people inside red songtaews. And most the time they go around empty.  I still think that they make worse the traffic of Chiang Mai and I rather have an affordable, more modern and reliable public transportation system. The white and blue songtaews is another story and i think they might still be necessary for people that commute from the outside the city.

Songtaews and tuk tuks may lurk about city areas but if you live 6km out getting one is difficult. They are not contactable like grab and uber so don't help themselves. 

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Yes red Songteaws do carry more people and they also double park in narrow sois while they are either getting paid for the trip taken or negotiating a new one.

 

They just obviously contribute to CM's traffic woes out of weak time you wil see them parked in droves, sleeping ,waiting for the PM peak time

 

Like all vehicles,they are supposed to pass a yearly test for exhaust emmision which is now quite strict. Funny how there are so many belching black smoke that doesnt happen overnight

 

Out of town they are currently a necessity. In the old city they are a pain in the butt but have successfullly ruled the roost for a long time.

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Maybe Songtaew Organisation should check first her own opaque business practice. Price indication only in Thai isn't very kind for Tourists. It smells like cheating. Specially in CM.

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7 minutes ago, mesquite said:

Time for the songtaew drivers to wake up and smell the coffee.  Uber and Grab are only part of a trend toward using technology to improve services.  People can either get on board or be left behind. 

Yes, Uber and Grab are part of Thailand 4.0.

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1 hour ago, ujayujay said:

Maybe Songtaew Organisation should check first her own opaque business practice. Price indication only in Thai isn't very kind for Tourists. It smells like cheating. Specially in CM.

From what I saw pricing is in both Thai and English however i overheard a driver last week quoting three Japan ladies a fare of 100Bt each to go from maya to Thaepae gate. 

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11 hours ago, tropico said:

songtaew drivers have seen less profits

From what I have seen it will be even less still. They picked a great time to paint the new rate on the side of their trucks 30 bahts per passenger up from 20 here in Chiang Mai. Would be acceptable if an attitude change went along with the increase but I highly doubt it. Uber for me. 

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10 hours ago, geriatrickid said:

I doubt any songtaew driver is complaining.  I don't know what the prices are in CNX, but in Hua Hin its 10 baht a ride before 7 pm and 15 baht after 7 pm.  This is hardly in the same league as Uber.  

Read my post 16 you guys are lucky. 

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7 hours ago, Sparkles said:

Couple of red Songteaws we saw in CM yesterday had 30 baht fare signs (in Thai) on the sides

They picked a bad time to push the envelope. 

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4 hours ago, alant said:

Songtaews and tuk tuks may lurk about city areas but if you live 6km out getting one is difficult. They are not contactable like grab and uber so don't help themselves. 

Thats the problem they only want to help themselves. When you don't want one they follow you beeping the horn. When you want one they are not going in that direction well I know what direction I would like them to go

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Used Uber again today and asked the lady what she thought of these complaints from red bus, taxi and tuk tuk mafia. Oh how we laughed...

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I think it is clear what many people feel about the red songtaews. it is not just a couple of people complaining. they are often offering a service that is not good enough! 

 

I definitely support Uber and I always try to pay more then what is the price just in appreciation of the service. 

 

I still would like to see a public transportation system that is reliable, modern and cheap enough for locals.

 

 

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On 4/21/2017 at 9:28 AM, tropico said:

 there is no law regulating such services

Well, the law can hardly be said to regulate much of anything, including songtaews.

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Uber and Grab are just another choice, and of course it's a welcome one. As this is Thailand i wonder if there's any wisdom for the petition to regulate the Songtaews? Eventually market forces will set the numbers.

From Big C Maehia to Airport Central Plaza, i ride a yellow songtaew for 10 baht. Red ones cost 20 baht. Too many songtaews running the roads? Sometimes i waited 20 minutes.


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Uber/Grab or its incarnations will out.  If they are deemed illegal, there will be an Internet work-around to provide it.

 

Uber is democratic: No price-gouging based on ethnicity.  Uber employs (mainly) responsible, insured drivers with new(ish) vehicles that are air conditioned, and provide seat belts.

 

Uber may be more expensive than red trucks, but they beat the heck out of dangerous, overpriced tuk-tucks.

 

Customers --Falang and Thai--have had a taste of the "future" (actually the present), and there is no stopping its presence.

 

OF COURSE Chiang Mai needs reliable public transportation.  It's heartbreaking to see empty bus stands all over town!  But until that time arrives, Uber will out.

 

I recommend those who use Uber to wholeheartedly support it.  TIp your drivers well.  Give them good reviews when warranted (which is almost always).

 

I also keep driver's numbers (with their consent) on my phone list, and encourage them to keep mine as well.  In case they are shut down (again), we both of have a life-line to the other.

 

One last thing.  I had my first really bad Uber ride last week.  I reported the driver,  an investigation has commenced. (an agent in Amsterdam contacted me immediately me by email), and I'm assured the driver will never be able to access my ride requests in the future.

 

What kind of protection do we have with local drivers? (Suppressing a sarcastic chuckle and moan here...)

 

The market demands Uber, and it will survive in one form or another.

 

Even my best friend, a female Tuk-Tuk driver, sees the writing on the wall:  "Things change. People used to shop more in malls.  Now they shop online.  Thais resist change.  But technology moves quickly.  Our young people accept and embrace technological change, and Thais, moving forward, must be more ready to keep pace with change.  Will I be out of work as a Tuk-Tuk driver?  Yes, in time, my job will vanish, and I will adapt.  There will always be a need for songteaws, but their numbers will diminish.  Drivers need to look ahead instead of clinging to the old ways."

 

Easier said than done, but these words come from a 56 year-old woman.  So, I hold out tentative hope that (albeit probably kicking and screaming), drivers and the government will be forced to move towards change.

 

The market demands Uber, and it is too late for suppression.

 

Please support Uber if you are a patron!

 

 

 

 

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The young lad that took me into town last night bought his new car on the basis of his work with Uber. Good luck to him.

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