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Can taxi drivers set rules for passengers?

By The Nation

 

Thai Facebook users are engaged in a hot debate as to whether taxi drivers can set behaviour rules for their passengers.


This follows the posting on a Facebook page of a handwritten page of rules found hanging inside a taxi.

 

The post, made on the JS100 Radio Facebook page on Wednesday morning, drew over 19,000 reactions, received 482 comments and was shared over 200 times by mid-afternoon.

 

The piece of paper set several rules, including prohibitions on gum chewing, eating toffee, and using puff powder or perfume.

 

It goes on to say: “Any chemical must be used elsewhere. If you play games, WhatsApp and Line, please mute the sound, don’t just lower the volume.

 

“Please be considerate. You are all adults. If you don’t start being considerate first, don’t expect others to be. Bangkok also has buses.”

 

The sign is in Thai, but at the end it is signed in English, “From Taxi Don’t Care”.

 

Many Facebook users expressed support for the rules, saying passengers should have manners. But many others criticised the taxi driver for setting too many rules.

 

“If you want so much privacy, why are you driving a public transport vehicle?” one user posted.

 

“This kind of sign should be put outside for passengers to see before getting in,” another user posted.

 

Another post says: “From the reversed view, we prohibit taxi drivers from talking about politics and from rejecting passengers, from hanging garlands, from turning on loud music, from talking over the phone, from bursting anger at other cars, from using old cars. It should [then] be fine for taxis to prohibit us from chewing gum and toffee.”

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30323318

 
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saminoz    1,042

I remember one of the first Bangkok taxis I ever got into.  It had a sticker on the window with a no gun sign, a no smoking sign, a no durian sign and a sign with a lady sitting on top of a guy!  No prizes for guessing.

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ben2talk    607
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Another post says: “From the reversed view, we prohibit taxi drivers from talking about politics and from rejecting passengers, from hanging garlands, from turning on loud music, from talking over the phone, from bursting anger at other cars, from using old cars. It should [then] be fine for taxis to prohibit us from chewing gum and toffee.”

From talking over the phone....

 

It's a very loud, clear and damning statement that someone would even consider posting a comment like this. Surely mobile phone use is something that goes without saying as being illegal and totally unacceptable... I once took a video, then asked the driver to pull over and let me out without paying after he took a call.

 

I saw one taxi yesterday in traffic - no fewer than 4 phones mounted on sucker-mounts down the left hand side of the windscreen... On top of Grab and Uber, the government is adding a few of it's own apps.

 

Certainly it wouldn't be a huge effort to make taxi owners pay for an annual MoT check and start outlawing cars over a certain age (start with 5 years old) until they get cleaner.

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Bluespunk    30,624
5 hours ago, webfact said:

Another post says: “From the reversed view, we prohibit taxi drivers from talking about politics and from rejecting passengers, from hanging garlands, from turning on loud music, from talking over the phone, from bursting anger at other cars, from using old cars. It should [then] be fine for taxis to prohibit us from chewing gum and toffee.”

Ha, ha, ha, brilliant. 

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Lupatria    5,791
39 minutes ago, saminoz said:

I remember one of the first Bangkok taxis I ever got into.  It had a sticker on the window with a no gun sign, a no smoking sign, a no durian sign and a sign with a lady sitting on top of a guy!  No prizes for guessing.

...but masturbating while female passengers are in the taxi had the thumb (!?) up.

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thhMan    1,813

They maybe his rules, but I wonder how many LAWS he breaks, from roadworthiness, to driving....

 

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Mac98    5

Somebody should get this captured on a phone camera: get in holding a sliced durian while smoking a cigarette and covered in cologne. Then make him drag you out by the ankles. Actually, it's his office, his rules, and your choice. Lots of transport around.

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Moonmoon    1,713

Good manners and etiquette should be expected from both the Driver and Passenger alike

 

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jacko45k    4,470

Taxi drivers are actually expecting people to give a dam about others.

Why do they get this special treatment.

Isn't happening... needs to start at infancy and teachers hands are tied.

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midzo    53

 

I took a cab in Bangkok once that had only one rule.

 

Farting in taxi: 200 baht.

 

It would have been worth it.

 

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zzaa09    327
On 8/9/2017 at 2:00 AM, BasalBanality said:

Whatever happened to kreng jai?

Only applies if one understands or connects with such offerings...

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chama    0

So taxi drivers who post signs saying they put customers first and don't have silly rules will increase their business while those that make riding in their taxi a prison sentence will see a reduction in use. Sheepole need to stand up and use their rights to spend their money to support businesses that treat them right.

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