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Police to get tough on taxi drivers after flood of complaints

Police have set out to clamp down on taxi drivers who violate the law or mistreat passengers while urging them to instead help create a positive image for the country.

National Police Chief Pol Gen Jakthip Chaijinda convened a meeting with officials from the Department of Land Transport and other related agencies to discuss solutions to various problems surrounding the provision of service by taxi drivers, who number more than 130,000 nationwide. The discussion followed the submission of a series of complaints by passengers, both Thai and foreign.

As a result, the police resolved to enforce traffic laws more stringently while setting up a database on taxi drivers’ law violations in order to deter them from repeating their offenses. Any drivers with inappropriate behaviors will have their licenses revoked. Information and tips on how to use taxi service in Thailand will also be provided for tourists.

These measures will be piloted in Bangkok, particularly at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports, as well as Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui. Evaluation will be conducted on a monthly basis, starting in March.

Pol Gen Jakthip, on this occasion, asked for all taxi drivers’ cooperation in being good hosts to foreign visitors and creating a good impression on them for the sake of the country’s tourism.

NNT

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