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The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has warned all taxi drivers to use the taximeter for pricing as appointed from the authority in keeping with the international standard.
The DLT Deputy Director-General Chirute Visalachitra has denied the claim from taxi drivers and operators that the current taximeter pricing rate is unfair to operators providing services to passengers from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The taxi drivers and operators have claimed that the unfair pricing scale has left them with no choice but to provide a flat-rate price service without using the taximeter.
On this issue, the DLT Deputy Director-General insisted that the new fare rate for taxis have already been calculated to reflect on the true costs involved in the service which includes calculations for the costs when traveling with no passenger. The DLT has also allowed the additional 50 baht service fee for taxi drivers when servicing passengers from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airport.
He has said that the department forbids the use of the flat-rate pricing and that all taxis are required to use the taximeter when servicing passengers. He has also stressed that the newly adjusted fare already covers the service cost when operating from the airport.
However, the DLT will be considering the advantages and disadvantages on the request to charge a luggage fare as requested from taxi operators.
The DLT will implement modern technology for management, which will improve the service quality of the drivers in order to enhance the taxi service, said the DLT Deputy Director.