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Major General Chote Chawanwiwat (centre) strolls through Patong

Phuket Jet-Ski, Tuk-Tuk Groups Warned to Not Try Rip-Offs

Monday, October 29, 2012
PHUKET: The new Commander of Phuket Police, Major General Chote Chawanwiwat, has already talked with tuk-tuk and jet-ski operators and told them to make sure nothing they do interferes with tourism safety.

He also said in an interview that crackdowns would come soon on both weapons and drugs on Phuket.

''We have warned people in the lead-up to the high season for tourism that rip-offs will not be tolerated,'' he said.

All of Phuket's eight police station superintendents have been asked to provide Major General Chote with an outline of their plans for improving their protection of residents and visitors on Phuket by November 5.

''We aim to divide Phuket into a total of 21 zones to apply the lessons we've already learned from the Patong Safety Zone experiment,'' he said.

More checkpoints would also be employed by Phuket police, with greater frequency. All security cameras in the police network are to be monitored at a single, undisclosed location.

A representative group from Phuket's honorary consuls met with new Phuket Governor Maitree Inthusud. it's believed they have also informally introduced themselves to Major General Chote.


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Seems like he is slamming the barn door after the horses have bolted. As tuk-tuk rip-off fares have already been legitimised by a pusillanimous local government, there is no need for rip-offs.

Posted by Sir Burr on October 30, 2012 06:27


Please do not do that and enforcement will begin soon are watchwords for the police.

Posted by Jerry on October 30, 2012 13:54

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