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Taxi fares to rise 10% and airport surcharge up to 70 baht from September

The new minister for Transport has announced increased charges for taxis following a meeting on Wednesday.

Daily News said the changes will represent an increase in 10% and come in on September 8th. 

The taxi drivers said they are happy with the decisions. 

Flag fall will stay at 35 baht but there will be increases for distances traveled as follows:

1-10 kilometers 5.50 baht up to 6.50 baht per kilometer

10-20 up from 6.50 to 7

20-40 up from 7.50 to 8

40-60 up from 8 to 8.50

From 60 – 80 and from 80 up the fares will stay at 9 baht and 10.50 respectively. 

Charges for high end vehicles like Mercedes Benz and Camry idling in traffic (travelling at under 6 kms per hour) will increase from 2 to 3 baht per minute. 

It was unclear whether all the increases were to taxis across the board or just VIP cabs. 

Airport surcharges are also on the rise from 50 to 70 baht for small vehicles and 70 to 90 for larger ones. 

Two 26 inch size bags must be carried free but subsequent bags will be charged a levy of 20 baht each. 

The OK taxi scheme has been scrapped and the duration that taxis can be used has been extended from 9 to 12 years with checks on vehicles at three month intervals. 

Saksayam Chidchop the transport minister ordered that changes in the law take place to enable the legal operation of services like Grab Taxi. 

Sadit Jaithiang representing the drivers said that they were pleased with the new charges. 

Representatives from Pattaya were also at the meeting, noted Daily News. 

Thai Visa /  Daily News

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