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Taxi drivers chase foreigner out of Uber taxi in Pattaya
By The Nation


PATTAYA: -- Taxi drivers in Pattaya surrounded an Uber taxi on Wednesday afternoon and forced a western passenger out of the vehicle, the Uber driver said.


Thai Uber driver, Surasak Khukham, 29, filed a complaint with the Pattaya Police Station at 11pm.


He also played a video clip he had recorded when his car was surrounded by five or six taxis on Pattaya 2 Road in North Pattaya in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri province.


Surasak said the western tourist was terrified when the taxi was laid siege to.


Surasak was fined after the taxis surrounded his car and police turned up. His driving licence was seized.


Uber service is still illegal in Thailand.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30315568

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No...  anywhere else in the world you do not agree a price before hand in a metered Taxi, the driver simply uses the meter (without questions, without reminders, without negotiation). 
The taxi drivers in Pattaya are operating illegally by charging exaggerated fares and refusing to turn on their meter. 
The are now racketeering and using the threat of violence against any competition. 
Do they now have the protection of the local officials for their illegal behavior?
Chasing and rounding up the competition takes significant effort for these drivers, it must be fun for them. IF they applied the same effort across the board in providing a professional level of service they would be far busier and far more successful.

With the greatest respect you have not traveled extensively. I think of cities in Eastern Europe and South America. If a taxi driver will not switch his meter on and the price quoted is too high then go to another. The other taxi will have seen this and will offer a better price. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times but the choice is yours if you don't like the price don't get in.

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