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More than 500 new tuk-tuk taxis will ply the streets of Bangkok next year after the Department of Land Transport opens registration of this popular motor tricycle taxis beginning December 1-30.
The decision to allow this 3-wheel taxis was based on appeal from tourists wanting to experience this type of vehicle in visiting and sighting seeing the capital.
It also aims to generate income for drivers and enable them to own the vehicle instead of renting.
But Department of Land Transport director general Sanit Phromvong said no more than 565 new tuk-tuk taxis would be allowed to register in Bangkok.
Registration began from December 1 and will last on December 30.
He said the department will announce names of qualified applicants for the registration on January 14, and 20 other reserved applicants on January 26.
Successful applicants must register their vehicles and pay annual tax within July 17 next year. Those failing to meet the process will be considered abandoning their rights and the department will transfer them to those on the reserved list.
He said qualified applicants must have a tuk-tuk driving licence, are natives of Bangkok or adjacent provinces like Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, and have not owned a tuk-tuk for 180 days or more.
At present, there are more than 9,000 tuk-tuk taxis registered in Bangkok.