News of the move to introduce buses more widely on Phuket comes with some applications already in hand for bus services to begin from Phuket International Airport to Patong and other west coast and southern Phuket destinations.
Tenders for airport bus routes close on December 26, with at least one bid already in hand for most of the new routes.
Efforts to keep transport at the new bus terminal in Phuket City within a reasonable price range have led to the removal of a motorcycle rider.
The man, who wore the No. 2 jacket, charged a traveller 160 baht for the trip from the terminal to Phuket City.
The set fare is 80 baht. The rider claimed he charged double because the trip was at night.
The set fare remains the same, day or night, Khun Teerayut said yesterday.
''Most motorcycle riders on the island have to pay between 20,000 baht and 50,000 baht for their place in the taxi rank,'' Khun Teerayut said.
''At the new bus terminal, we opened the rank to all residents of the surrounding district of Rassada without payment of a joining fee, provided they followed the rules.''
The rider who charged double is the first to lose his place in the rank, Khun Teerayut said.
''We talked to all members of the group and it was agreed that anyone who was caught cheating would be removed,'' he said.
The terminal, opened earlier this year, is where buses from Bangkok and all over Thailand end their journeys on Phuket.
Adding buses to destinations in Phuket's west and south will enable travellers to more easily reach their destinations at lower cost.