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Soldiers and police are cracking down tonight on illegal tuk-tuks in Patong

Phuket Police, Army Arrest Illegal Tuk-Tuk Drivers: Patong Parking Crackdown Underway

Monday, September 8, 2014
PHUKET: Police in Patong were arresting illegal tuk-tuk drivers tonight with the help of the Army, with no-parking red and white zones declared out of bounds from now on to all taxis and tuk-tuks.

Patong Superintendent Colonel Jirapat Palchanaphan, who oversees Kathu Police Station, said that by 10pm, five drivers of illegal tuk-tuks had been arrested. More arrests were expected.

''The drivers will be held at Kathu Police Station overnight then passed on to the courts tomorrow,'' the colonel said.

''From today, all green-plate taxis and tuk-tuks are banned from parking in red and white striped areas. We will continue the crackdown, bit by bit.''

About 1300 legal tuk-tuk drivers operate across Phuket while another 200 are estimated to operate illegally.


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Its all good news , but the police making that statement ''From today, all green-plate taxis and tuk-tuks are banned from parking in red and white striped areas" well what can i say , its always been illegal to park in those areas , so how why on earth did they ever allow it in the first place?

Posted by Pete on September 9, 2014 02:33


I used to come back from Patong to Ban Borae ( near Cape Panwa ) in a tuk tuk for 500 baht, usually around 3- 4 am. Thankfully the novelty eventually wears off, as did the horrible hangovers.

Posted by farang888 on September 9, 2014 02:57


Oh Dear, the police cells at stations all over pPhuket will soon be bursting at the seams! I hope they are taught some manners while they are in there !!!

Posted by Elizabeth on September 9, 2014 04:39


Happy to see this coming into action and hoping that it will stay like this. Banned from the red/white area ( where they never should have been ) now probably they will occupy most of the free and public parking areas for their business, as they just won't just evaporate ?

Posted by Resident on September 9, 2014 07:50


Simple solution is to introduce time based parking fees on public spaces.. if tutuks want to park in all the parking, they can pay for it like everyone else.

This would at least be a factor in trying to reclaim spaces for actual public use.

Posted by LivinLOS on September 9, 2014 08:18


There were both black plate taxi's and black plate tuk tuks being stopped and arrested. The foreign passengers were also being interviewed in order for the drivers to not be able to claim they were just driving friends.

Posted by Anonamous on September 9, 2014 09:30


I think we all know why it was allowed Pete. Thankfully we are now moving forward and change is happening.

Posted by pozz59 on September 9, 2014 10:38


Nice to see some action against the power of the cartell. This is the language they understand.

Another proposal to wipe out all Tuktuks is to install the ring bus system and metered Taxis en masse with clearly cheaper fares than Tuktuks charge.

But to be honest I am not sure if I want solution for Phuket problems with transport. Every tourist less improves my happiness...

Posted by Georg The Viking on September 9, 2014 11:15


now the problem is to have only taxi meters with same prices as Bangkok , other wise the outrageous prices encourage black taxis which proposes good prices to customers.

Posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2014 13:12


@livinglos your simple solution be a disaster can anyone really see tuk tuks embracing parking meters or ticket parking machines they would thank you as they broke in to them every night aside from the blight on the landscape what they ever collected would be diverted into someone's pocket any form of human fee collecting or issuing of infringements would prove a extremely hazardous occupation be no takers for the job.

Posted by slickmelb on September 10, 2014 21:28


Where are the roving metered taxis? I came back from some business out of country Tuesday evening and there were only 4 metered taxis stuffed back in the corner where they used to be! There were scores of people looing for transportation.

I have yet to see a roving metered taxi with it's light on in Patong!

Posted by John on September 11, 2014 23:38

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