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Taxis in Bangkok go for total revamp

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ID: 21   Posted

I propose "ejector  seat" operated by the passenger also on the drivers  seat....that would be fun

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ID: 23   Posted

Just now, richard_smith237 said:

I took a taxi the other night for the first time in a while without an initial handful of refusals... 

Great, I thought, the driver was polite, switched on the meter straight away... 

 

...But no seatbelt, I felt quite vulnerable as he screamed up Rama IV road weaving through traffic... He took it easy after I asked him to...  but my thoughts... why? Just why is it so difficult for these guys to provide a simple service without any issues? Do I ask too much ?

 

What I think are reasonable expectations - which are the norm in many other countries. 

1) Seatbelts

2) Serviced vehicles

3) Safe & Professional driving

4) Uses the meter 

5) No repeated refusals

 

 

 

 

well I get this with my ONE staff, show  him to do something, explain why I want it done like this, then watch him do it a different usually CRAP way. Go back repeat about 10  times then the message  sinks  in for a  few  days. After a few  days back to the retarded way again..........repeat etc  etc..simply BRAIN DEAD in  his case

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ID: 24   Posted

"Newly registered taxis" now! But older ones have more time! Well the same old way here.. NEVER


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5 hours ago, steven100 said:

Good ideas to be applied thanks to the PM,  I wonder was refusing to take passengers discussed   ?

 

silly boy .....tricks are for kids .

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The passenger at the back needs 3 button.

 

1) A red "turn on the meter" button that automatically turns the meter on

2) A blue "eliminate smoke smell" that releases a fresh scent in cars owned by dirty pig smokers

3) A green "call the police" button that kindly suggest to the nearest police that something is happening in the taxi

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21 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

 

Did your wife take down the numbers of the 7 taxis and file an official complaint about each? Until this happens systematically nothing will change.

you are wrong . corrupt drivers need to go to jail , theft by any other name is still theft . attempted theft and working under your own rules is also theft . 

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I like how when nothing is done some people constantly complain. When the govt starts on the right path to reform, there are still complaints. If you want Rome to be built in a day and all your suggestions adopted immediately, are you prepared to accept higher flags and fees, maybe like in our home countries to cover the costs?

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2 hours ago, Wiggy said:

Something needs to be done. My wife (Thai) was turned down by SEVEN taxis (refused to go on the meter) after we came off a river cruise last night. They were quoting anything from 150-300 baht for a 60 baht trip from River City to BTS at Saphan Taksin). The guy who did go on the meter was also moaning about them as he felt he was getting a bad name also. Meter read 59 baht when we arrived and I gave him 100 for being honest, and he was very grateful and wanted to give me change. Whether I should do that or not is another issue. Overall the current system is just  plain ridiculous and out of control.  

May I suggest you install an Uber button on your phone?

 

Problem solved. 

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1 hour ago, dg1980 said:

Despite those problems, BKK taxis are generally very good. If the government wants to address negative tourist experiences with taxis they should go after the taxis in Phuket, Samui etc. Extremely poor service and ridiculously overpriced.

Whilst I agree with all your comments I would suggest that Bangkok taxis are ridiculously underpriced and this adds to the problem as drivers can't always afford to maintain their vehicles to an acceptable standard and these new enhancements will also no doubt have to be paid for by the drivers. Taxi prices have hardly changed in the 15 years I've been in Thailand yet the cost of living has risen dramatically.

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ID: 31   Posted

Refused 3 times at 22:00 on soi 23 the other nigh when I was waiting with my wife. We were looking to go to soi 5 Ratchadipisek. Nobody wanted to go.

 

Not sure how this new initiative will fix this problem. Technology might be the answer if that cctv camera records a refusal and transmits it to the police.....

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ID: 32   Posted

Gadgets to be installed in every taxi? .......only if they work.

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ID: 33   Posted

6 hours ago, colinneil said:

Total revamp !! WOW !!

What about all the unlicensed drivers?

Also good idea, but who is going to pay for it?

Could they ask Dianne Abbot for suggestions

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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

...But no seatbelt, I felt quite vulnerable as he screamed up Rama IV road weaving through traffic.

I don't understand this seatbelt thing ------- I'm sure all modern taxis are fitted with them at the factory so why do some drivers cut them off?

 

 

 

 

 

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ID: 35   Posted

2 hours ago, hobz said:

For once I think the junta is on the right track. 

Try to compete with uber instead of just going after uber legally. That's how a free market is supposed to give the customers (the people!!) the best product for the best price.

Thats more than can be said of many western countries reaction towards uber. 

Only problem is.. Talk is cheap.. And just because you entered a competition doesnt mean you will win... You still need competence.

have they let uber start? that is the easiest way to bring up standards. as far as i know uber drivers are still being chased and assaulted.

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ID: 36   Posted

Until .. all the taxi companies complain about the cost and the requirements dropped.

 

Why is this Junta always dreaming up these secondary systems to put into place? If they had a decent driver registration system, a decent driver license program why the need for panic buttons and GPS. 

They aren't agreed upon by the trade associations, they are dreamt up by prayuts honchos and then stiff armed upon the organizations.

How about dealing with the number one issue in this country .. the police force, put a panic alarm and a gps tracker on everyone of them.

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7 minutes ago, williamgeorgeallen said:

have they let uber start? that is the easiest way to bring up standards. as far as i know uber drivers are still being chased and assaulted.

 

Not sure what you mean by "have they let Uber start". Uber has been up and running for years.

 

I just got back from Chiang Mai, and used Uber several times over the last few days. One female driver told me that she had become frightened of driving, as there are "vigilante" tuk tuks and songthaews threatening drivers. She had been threatened by a tuk tuk driver waving a stick, although it was just stick waving and not stick hitting. Tuk tuks and songthaews are also sending out loads of fake requests, where the Uber driver accepts, go to the pickup and finds a group of them standing around. What strikes me about that is that the tuk tuks and songthaews are playing games with Uber drivers and threatening them, but not out working hard to rip off tourists earn money. 

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ID: 38   Posted

6 hours ago, Bang Bang said:

I doubt it's particularly expensive. GPS systems and CC cams are cheap. And if the taxi coops purchase them in bulk then it's even cheaper. I am not sure how the panic button will work though.

 

 

But we are talking about Thailand. Whether or not the new government required equipment is expensive depends on who the government approved, sole source vendor is. 

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ID: 39   Posted

They need to ensure all taxis have rear seat belts for a start. On the meter issue if the driver complies I always give 40 to 50 Baht extra. For drivers who refuse to engage the meter you have to negotiate. I find late evening the difference between fares can be 100 to 200 baht. If a driver asks too much I just wait for the next taxi. Plenty in Bangkok

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9 minutes ago, bubba said:

 

Not sure what you mean by "have they let Uber start". Uber has been up and running for years.

 

I just got back from Chiang Mai, and used Uber several times over the last few days. One female driver told me that she had become frightened of driving, as there are "vigilante" tuk tuks and songthaews threatening drivers. She had been threatened by a tuk tuk driver waving a stick, although it was just stick waving and not stick hitting. Tuk tuks and songthaews are also sending out loads of fake requests, where the Uber driver accepts, go to the pickup and finds a group of them standing around. What strikes me about that is that the tuk tuks and songthaews are playing games with Uber drivers and threatening them, but not out working hard to rip off tourists earn money. 

has the thailand transport dept given uber the go legally? i have heard they are operating. i am thinking about doing some driving for uber in nz. they are operating here and say you done need a P endorsed licence but the government says drivers do. 

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