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.