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Taxi drivers chase foreigner out of Uber taxi in Pattaya

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ID: 61   Posted

55 minutes ago, barryofthailand said:

Uber is not illegal in Thailand. The Uber driver should file a complaint with the DSI in Bangkok. The Pattaya police is part of the Taxi Mafia.

It's whatever the cops say it is. If you want to argue the toss with them, go for it.

 

Whenever I go to get a visa extension they ask me for stuff that's not legally required, but I doubt I'd win the argument.

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ID: 62   Posted

going to be fun and games when uber DOES become legal and only a matter of time

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ID: 64   Posted

1 hour ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Yup. In Chiang Mai I failed to get 10 "taxis" to go below 100 baht for a 20 baht trip.

I cannot understand why they have "Taxi Meter" sign on the roof, I have never seen them use the meter.  I get changed 450 baht for airport to San Sai which is only around 15km whereas the meter fare, if it even exists, would be half of that.  It is still a cheap trip, just hate getting ripped off.

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ID: 65   Posted

It was all a big misunderstanding like when they surrounded that lady that worked for the realestate in Jomtien a few weeks ago, if they charged the correct fare there would be no need for uber. 

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ID: 67   Posted

6 hours ago, AndyOz said:

I do have some sympathy with the Taxi drivers. Uber has depended on your view either revolutionised or destroyed the taxi industry wherever it plies its trade.
Whatever your opinion the drivers end up much worse off. I think the balance in Pattaya now is pretty good. The number of baht busses has been greatly reduced, routes and prices are clearly defined If you want to hire a taxi the rules are the same as anywhere else in the world, agree a price you are both happy with before you start your journey.
I understand things could be better and the yellow taxis should have meters that are working all the time.
On the whole I think Pattaya does a pretty good job with their taxis. Keep things the same.


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Lucky cabdrivers in Pattaya they have a supporter.Keep on going with them Andy so you support the maffia good job.

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ID: 69   Posted

6 hours ago, AndyOz said:

I do have some sympathy with the Taxi drivers. Uber has depended on your view either revolutionised or destroyed the taxi industry wherever it plies its trade.
Whatever your opinion the drivers end up much worse off. I think the balance in Pattaya now is pretty good. The number of baht busses has been greatly reduced, routes and prices are clearly defined If you want to hire a taxi the rules are the same as anywhere else in the world, agree a price you are both happy with before you start your journey.
I understand things could be better and the yellow taxis should have meters that are working all the time.
On the whole I think Pattaya does a pretty good job with their taxis. Keep things the same.


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Nice biting post 

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ID: 71   Posted

I bought a car years ago to get away from all of the taxi services.    You can be having a beautiful day and it all goes to hell after a bad encounter with a taxi.   Don't use them any more.

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34 minutes ago, steveyinasia said:

I cannot understand why they have "Taxi Meter" sign on the roof, I have never seen them use the meter.  I get changed 450 baht for airport to San Sai which is only around 15km whereas the meter fare, if it even exists, would be half of that.  It is still a cheap trip, just hate getting ripped off.

Use Uber, as I did about 3 weeks ago. The driver nearest the airport was there in minutes and responded to say be outside Gate 6 a long way from the taxis at gate 1. Then get in the front seat so that you appear to be a friend. He found his way to Fa Ham Village using Google maps and GPS by the quickest route ever cutting thru Wong 41 as he had the required sticker. The taxis can't do this and more often than not can't find my village because they can't understand English or can't use GPS. Cost 224 baht. Taxi 350.

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ID: 73   Posted

7 hours ago, tracker1 said:

Surasak was fined after the taxis surrounded his car and police turned up. His driving licence was seized.  Can anyone explain why ????

I am SOOO  p@#$$d  off with people who don't read the post in full before spouting off! Read the last line:-  "Uber service is still illegal in Thailand."!!!

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2 minutes ago, sambum said:

I am SOOO  p@#$$d  off with people who don't read the post in full before spouting off! Read the last line:-  "Uber service is still illegal in Thailand."!!!

Wrong - Uber drivers can be legally licensed here in Chiang Mai

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7 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

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.

I had travelled around the world, Asia,Europe, US, South America, Australia, NZ, Africa etc.

Many good experience BUT not always. There are many countries as bad as Thailand. Before you comment, also go read up about the bad reviews of Uber services, Grab services, Lyft services, etc

 

Here's something to get you started.

http://www.londoncabs.co.uk/10-countries-with-the-worst-taxi-drivers/

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ID: 76   Posted

The scruffy thieving taxis in Pattaya and Phuket are too stupid to realise that if they put their meters on, they would have a lot more customers ! 

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ID: 77   Posted (edited)

7 hours ago, AndyOz said:

I do have some sympathy with the Taxi drivers. Uber has depended on your view either revolutionised or destroyed the taxi industry wherever it plies its trade.
Whatever your opinion the drivers end up much worse off. I think the balance in Pattaya now is pretty good. The number of baht busses has been greatly reduced, routes and prices are clearly defined If you want to hire a taxi the rules are the same as anywhere else in the world, agree a price you are both happy with before you start your journey.
I understand things could be better and the yellow taxis should have meters that are working all the time.
On the whole I think Pattaya does a pretty good job with their taxis. Keep things the same.


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Your nickname must be Ozstrich; you've obviously got your head in the sand.  The Pattaya taxi drivers are the biggest rip-off merchants in Thailand.  Get out more, and ask around, you'll get the gist of it eventually.

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ID: 78   Posted (edited)

19 minutes ago, aslimversgwm said:

Wrong - Uber drivers can be legally licensed here in Chiang Mai

 

"Ride-sharing service Uber is operating illegally in Thailand and its drivers will now face heavy fines for using improper cars and fare structures, Department of Land Transport director-general Teerapong Rodprasert said Friday."

 

And from the same newspaper dated 30 Mar 2017:-

"The Chiang Mai land transport office is launching tougher operations to crack down on illegal Uber and Grab Taxi services."

 

However I have also seen posts stating:- 

"Uber in Chiang Mai getting around Chiang Mai just got a whole lot easier". 

Posted on January 16, 2017 
This would imply that Uber is operating in Chiang Mai, BUT not legally.

 

 

 

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ID: 79   Posted

7 hours ago, thaiman said:

Good.  Get Uber out of Thailand.  Next kick out Starbucks and Hooters.

Bah humbug.

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ID: 80   Posted

We can‘t figure out how to get tea money from Uber so lets outlaw it.  Thus the overcharging, unregulated, envelope dispensing taxi mafia has their way.

 

The taxi mafia should be more appreciative of Uber.  Chasing down Uber drivers gives them something to do.

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