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The Land Transport Department is implementing a one strike rule for bad-behaving taxi drivers. One single serious offence will cost taxi drivers their license.
Theerapong Rodprasert, director-general of the Land Transport Department, said it’s changing its “three chances” rule for bad drivers. Now, any taxi drivers who threaten a passenger’s sense of safety or are involved in serious wrongdoing will be put out of business. The Department is hoping the new one strike rule will help improve Thailand’s reputation.
Drivers who commit minor offenses will still be given three chances. Drivers will receive training and a fine of 1,000 baht for the first offense. The second offense will lead to a one-month license suspension and a 1,000 baht fine. After a third offense, drivers will be fined 1,000 baht and have their license suspended for 6 months.
Drivers that commit three offenses in one month will have their license revoked immediately. Thus far, the department has revoked two licenses and suspended 123.
The two drivers who have had their licenses revoked include one who abandoned a passenger on the Bangkok-Chon Buri highway, and another who would not use a fare meter. Both drivers picked up their passengers at the Suvarnabhumi airport.