Ten high-profile spots around Phuket will gain one or two parking bays from August 3, Governor Nisit Jansomwong told a meeting of the island's top officials at Phuket Provincial Hall today.
The much-mulled move comes as authorities finally expand parking for the island's meter taxis, which now number 370 cabs, from their main base at Phuket International Airport.
It's likely that the move will make more meter taxis available to be hailed around the island.
The governor's announcement today included parking spots for meter cabs at:
.. Phuket bus terminals one and two in Phuket City
.. Provincial Hall
.. The Public Transport offices in Saphan Hin
.. Patong Hospital
.. Chalong Police Station
.. Karon Police Station
.. Loma Park football field in Patong
.. Phuket City Police Station
.. Rajabhat University
GrabTaxi, an app-based taxi call service, has announced its willingness to work with Phuket Public Transport officials to help regularise the Phuket taxi system.
One remaining issue is that meter taxis on the holiday island, like the green-plate negotiable fee taxis, cost about six times more than taxis in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand.
The extreme fares remain one of the most complained-about items for tourists, especially those who visit Bangkok before coming on to Phuket.
Today's announcement came after a crackdown that saw six Phuket taxi drivers fined 2000 baht each for doctoring meters.