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No taxi fare rise now, says ACM Prajin

The minister of Transport has made it clear Friday that his ministry has no plan to approve new fare structures after a Thai taxi network demanded fare rise with reason that there had been no adjustment in the past ten years.

samui taxi fareTransport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong said Friday that his ministry will not review the new taxi fare structure proposed by the Thai Taxi Network, representing 80,000 taxis in greater Bangkok.

Based on the new fare formula, the taxi network asked that the flag fall rate will be kept unchanged at 35 baht but the distance fare will rise up to 25 percent.

However ACM Prajin said there is no need to increase taxi fares as yet because it looks like the gas price would not go much higher this year.

Taxi fares will remain unchanged until Transport Ministry study whether the country is ready for fare increase.

The study will consider new fares and fuel price and the result should come out within the first week of October, he said

Thai PBS



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