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Inspectors from the Department of Land Transport swooped on Bangkok’s main airport on Wednesday taking a long hard look at taxis and public buses carrying passengers on the fourth and first floors.
The swoop followed public unrest caused in part by YouTuber Danny Mac who had a bad experience in a taxi that was posted online and went viral.
Saksit tol JorSor 100 said that his men were on the lookout for illegal cabs and other public transport breaking the law. He said that transport from the airport was right in the public eye and highly visible to tourists.
If there were problems posts were made online causing damage to the country so his men and the drivers themselves realize there is high importance attached to providing a good service.
He made no reference to the YouTube post.
Some 18 vehicles were found to be breaking the law. Of these 15 were taxis with five red plates being used, 3 drivers were without licences, two that had had no meter checks and 5 which exceeded the 9 year limit on taxi age. The last of these were ordered to have their status changed to that of private cars.
Three public buses were found to contravene the regulations – one with a broken window, one with no tax and one with too many seats.
Saksit said cases of lawbreaking were down on the usual amount due to the strict measures enforced at the airport especially on the first floor where arriving passengers are met and taken to city destinations and elsewhere.