Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut won the mayor as an ally after asking him to ''talk to his taxi club'' about the proposal for low-cost buses to run from Phuket International Airport to Patong, Karon and Kata.
Some tuk-tuk and taxi drivers may need to be persuaded that the bus idea has merit, but Mayor Keesin said: ''I'll talk to them.''
He said that the places in taxi and tuk-tuk queues around Patong had become so valuable that drivers would happily sell their homes, but not their rank spots.
Where the buses stop in Patong could become a key issue with stops in Patong and Karon yet to be defined.
Public meetings are expected to be held in April and May over establishing a low-cost hop-on hop-off bus service from Phuket International Airport to Patong and Kata-Karon.
Traffic and transport were the main topics at the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City yesterday with Patong's Mayor Keesin receiving some advice from the Director of Phuket City District, Supachai Pochakun.
''You approve a lot of buildings in Patong that do not have any parking space,'' he said. ''Mayor Keesin, could you please start asking developers to build parking space into their plans?''
Governor Maitree invited Phuket mayors, police and the media to join him soon on a bus journey from the airport along the proposed route as soon as a date can be arranged.
He criticised the cover story in this week's Phuket News, saying that the headline 'TAXI DRIVERS: NO BUS!' was ''too strong.''
The views of taxi and tuk-tuk drivers on Phuket about the bus service have yet to be officially canvassed.
An adviser to Kata-Karon's 500 taxi and tuk-tuk drivers recently told Phuketwan he's heard nothing about the airport bus plan.