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Patong Beach Road Tuk-Tuk Drivers Being Told Changes Are Here

Saturday, November 9, 2013
PHUKET: The Superintendent of Patong's Kathu Police Station, Colonel Jirapat Palchanaphan, has been spending time this week talking to groups of taxi and tuk-tuk drivers.

The message he has been passing on is that change is coming for Phuket, and that Patong's streets need to be cleared of an excess of tuk-tuks before thev end of the month.

That's the deadline set by Phuket Police Commander Major General Ong-Art Phiwruangnont and Region 8 chief, Major General Panya Mamen. Police have been told to stop supporting the tuk-tuk queue leaders.

Major General Ong-Art said this week that the old system needed to be demolished and replaced with a more effective structure, Major General Panya agrees.

Decreasing the power of the leaders, he says, is essential to the process of reform. But locals are not so sure that change is possible.

Settapat Buarean, the taxi stand leader at Jungceylon, oversees about 300 tuk-tuks and 100 taxi at Jungceylon shopping mall.

He says everything is in readiness in Patong as the high season for tourism continues.

The changes that are coming, he says, will have much greater impact on Patong's beach road than on Jungceylon's drivers.

The drivers there are nearly all local people, he said, and they tended to resist new ideas, especially those that are introduced by Bangkok

''The drivers will still be on Patong, probably still doing it their way, long after the police have moved on, he said.

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From Settapat Buarean :"The drivers will still be on Patong, probably still doing it their way, long after the police have moved on, he said."

This is the only fact in the whole saga.

Posted by James on November 9, 2013 12:23

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'The drivers there are nearly all local people, he said, and they tended to resist new ideas, especially those that are introduced by Bangkok'

Why does anyone on Phuket consider that Phuket is an independent country & that they are exempt from the laws & influence of the national government?

Posted by Logic on November 9, 2013 13:16

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In Europe or the US in cases of disputes it is very common to make an appointment with lawyers and involve a court to enforce a decision. In most parts of Asia going to court is much less common and is often considered as not appropriate. At the end of the day, going to court means that one is not able to solve a problem on ones own.

Thus laws in Thailand (and not only) are more something of a flexible guideline than something to be enforced and followed by everyone. This is a cultural thing and in my opinion in most cases not bad at all - but I would also appreciate if things about taxis and TukTuks would improve here.

Posted by Jakub on November 9, 2013 19:00

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Be invited to have a look at 200 Pi Road in front of PS Hotel about 8.30 pm. It is the time when the Tuk-tuks change from parallel parking to right-angled parking, to fit even more of these tin-cans per meter of road...

Posted by BeerChang on November 10, 2013 00:13


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