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Tourist police bigwig Surachet Hakpal has implored the public to call the hotline if taxi drivers refuse fares or won’t turn on the meter.
Surachet – the deputy tourism commissioner known in the Thai media as Big Joke – was touring Don Meuang airport yesterday on an inspection visit as tourists and Thais flooded back and into the capital after the holidays.
Along with a trusty sniffer dog – who was unnamed – Surachet assured the public of safety with police, military and airport authorities working together at airports in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen as well as Don Meuang and Suvanabhumi.
The dog was there to sniff out explosives but Surachet told Independent News Network that another of his targets was rogue taxi drivers.
He spoke to some telling them to obey the law and be good guys – if they didn’t turn on the meter or refused fares he would come down hard on them and remove their licences.
Surachet has been the most high profile figure from the tourist police in recent weeks.