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Taxis in Bangkok go for total revamp

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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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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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ID: 41   Posted

2 minutes ago, williamgeorgeallen said:

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. 

I have not heard yet that the Transport Dept. has legally endorsed Uber yet. I think they find themselves in a hard spot between the influential taxi mafia and large numbers of the Thai public who support and prefer Uber and use it regularly.

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ID: 42   Posted

3 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Will it detect wrigged meters?and enhance fines for wrigged meters?

 

I wreally don't think so.

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58 minutes ago, bubba said:

 

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. 

 

Someone in the junta is bound to have a nephew or other family member running the aforementioned business and will become the sole supplier :whistling:

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4 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.  

 

tourist area you see, this type of place attracts the bad fish taxi drivers who should not be used to judge all taxi drivers in bangkok. so your complaint is valid for that place not all on bangkok. i would have walked away from the vicinity and hailed one.

 

simple tips can help; never get into taxi's that are hanging around tourist areas, walk away from the area and flag one down, avoid looking and/or acting like a tourist, be clear on where you are going and be able to pronounce it.

 

i travel in taxis a lot and very rarely have any problem, i know my way around bangkok so can correct the occasional driver taking a longer route. i my opinion taxis in bangkok are cheap, readily available and hassle free, this.

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ID: 45   Posted

Total shutdown would be safer. They dont care about cameras and such. All will mysteriously stop recording, etc.

Total shut down would be safer for the public and all those idiots can go get a real job in a factory or something and make thailand good again.....or something like that...

 

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