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Taxi drivers chase foreigner out of Uber taxi in Pattaya

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johng    3,287
Good.  Get Uber out of Thailand.  Next kick out Starbucks and Hooters.

What about McDonalds,KFC,Buger king,Piza Hut,Tesco,
Ford,Chevrolet,Google,Facebook and all those other "vile" foreign companies who invest and create jobs for Thailand kick them all out and everyone can go back to thier rice paddies ?
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richard_smith237    6,323
7 minutes ago, AndyOz said:


I must admit the vast majority of any bad experiences were pre smart phone. In saying that things must have changed an unmeasurable amount. For example in in Brazil (Rio and Manaus) and Argentina I was not allowed to even take a taxi while on business. Granted this was a company policy but others had been robbed and physically assaulted in the past.

Talin was another place where the taxis blatantly ripped off tourists while the police look on. I have first hand experience of this.

Compare this to Pattaya where I can get most places on a baht bus for 10baht. I feel taxi drivers are an easy target.

When in Pattaya I try to walk as much as possible, but I personally have never had a problem. I never get into a taxi without first agreeing a price or have a meter on wherever I am in the world.


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Yep, that common sense approach of 'never taking a journey unless first agreeing the meter or a price' is where many tourists slip up in Thailand and fall foul of an agressive tuk-tuk or taxi driver. 

 

I also agree that there are plenty of other areas where tourists are taken advantage of. These places have negative reputations for tourists and are hardly the 'clean tourist destinations' that Thailand is trying to achieve.... 

 

Yes, that last comment is somewhat farcical when looking at what happens in destinations such as Pattaya, however, given the numerous 'cleanup' announcements, turning a blind eye to the taxi woes does come with somewhat of a hypocritical stink... 

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Borzandy    1,059
4 hours ago, webfact said:

Surasak was fined after the taxis surrounded his car and police turned up.

Surasak was lucky enough to not be shot by the police. Uber service is still illegal in Thailand.

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johng    3,287

Just a couple of days ago a female Thai real estate agent was boxed in and intimidated while taking her Chinese customers to view condos accused of being an Uber driver
Police chief sternly told the Taxi drivers not to do it again !

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thaibeachlovers    9,420
1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

Thank-you for your respect, with a proportionate level of respect in return I would like to ask if your travels to these areas were before the prevalence of smartphones? especially in Europe, Eastern Europe, South East Asia and South America ?

 

In a comparison of Major cities and tourist destinations the metered fare is the norm. Where a metered taxi is not the norm there is usually a 'fixed fare' system which operates reasonable pricing and not the heavily inflated and overcharging fares we see in Thailand... An now we have the smart phone apps....

 

Of course, if we don't like the inflated fare we can walk away. But this is not private enterprise, the DLT (or relevant metropolitan authority) has awarded the Taxi's a license to provide a service. In accepting this license the drivers have agreed to follow the regulations. When charging a fixed fare, they breaking their license contract. 

 

These regulations are to protect the consumer / passenger. 

 

In very few places is the blatant over charging and extortion of passengers tolerated... I can name a few, but these are places I avoid...  

 

Yet for Pattaya, it seems not only are these overcharging practices by taxi drivers are tolerated by the authorities, it now seems they are supported. 

You obviously never tried to take a taxi to Auckland airport. The taxi drivers are just a bunch of extorting crooks.

Pattaya "taxi" prices have always been a rip off if not on the fixed route which is the best priced in Thailand.

Same everywhere though. Try taking a tuk tuk in Phuket!

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malcoml    308

I don't get why they are picking on Uber.

 

There is usually a half dozen illegal taxis parked at the front of any major hotel.

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Jingthing    34,169
5 hours ago, AndyOz said:

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On the whole I think Pattaya does a pretty good job with their taxis. Keep things the same.


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Jingthing    34,169
3 hours ago, AndyOz said:


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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Nope. They collude.

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thaibeachlovers    9,420
1 hour ago, johng said:


What about McDonalds,KFC,Buger king,Piza Hut,Tesco,
Ford,Chevrolet,Google,Facebook and all those other "vile" foreign companies who invest and create jobs for Thailand kick them all out and everyone can go back to thier rice paddies ?

They are only in Thailand to exploit the poorly paid workers. Capitalist crooks.

The biggest trick the fast food companies ever played was to convince the Thais that their unhealthy garbage food is worth paying 4 times as much for as a proper Thai meal.

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