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I wonder if they could expand this to include the airport immigration "express lane service" scheme on arrival?
Posted by john on July 7, 2014 12:05
Happy :) But when they start to clean up Patong beach.
Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on July 7, 2014 12:20
Good news! --- But there is more to fix!
Posted by Mr. K on July 7, 2014 12:40
This is great news! Maybe now, bona fide travelers will be able to find a car space in the airport carpark. Perhaps the military will also clamp down on the maniacal mini-van drivers who seemed hell-bent on murdering or mutilating any driver who gets in their way.
Posted by Phil on July 7, 2014 13:13
Will this have any effect on people taking or picking up friends?
Posted by sky on July 7, 2014 13:23
@ Mr. K and Thai Navy
Posted by Whistle-Blower on July 7, 2014 13:33
And the exorbitant fares? No mention of bringing these down to reality, i note!
Posted by jimbo34 on July 7, 2014 14:30
In a hurry to get there, jimbo?
I used the Airport Express Lane - which I had to pay 100 Baht - But I am very pleased it was there.
Posted by Tbs on July 7, 2014 15:06
Does this mean I will be able to find a parking space for my car?
Posted by Anonymous on July 7, 2014 15:33
Though there have been a lot of news and action about and around taxis, not once have I seen anyone even mention doing anything about the biggest problem of it all:
Posted by ThaiMike on July 7, 2014 16:18
Cutting the fares in half once the passenger-pays-for-return-to-base piracy disappears will help.
I've been hearing more and more about the express line. I'm curious to know as to what the legality of it is - is it a formal and approved system or being made up as it goes along.
Posted by Mister Ree on July 7, 2014 20:39
To those that complain about the price come on. Things have gone up since the 80's and people have a right to earn a living wage. Time you've driven to Patong and back from the airport, throw in gas, maintainance, cost of car and payment to AAT 600 Baht is fair enough. Phuket has a number of problems but one is that there are definitely too many cheap Charlies.
Posted by Mai Kee Nok on July 7, 2014 22:31
@Mai kee nok, So why is it that the taxi fares in the rest of Thailand are at least half of those on Phuket? Example. Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya, between 1200 and 1400 baht, 90 min drive. Is it because Phuket taxi drivers are twice more greedy ?
Posted by Elizabeth on July 7, 2014 23:02
Elizabeth - When I drive patong to airport and back in a mid-size car it costs me 300 Baht, that leaves 300 Baht for all the other things (should have read AOT) assuming he's not driving an LPG or diesel, probably 2 or 3 jobs a day, just work it out. Mind you if you thing that 60 minutes is half of 90 minutes maybe ask a friend to help with the math.
Posted by Mai Kee Nok on July 8, 2014 07:03
Mai kee nok, it has never taken me 60 minutes to travel from Patong to the airport and remember from Suvarnabhumi airport to Pattaya it is a 3 hour round trip, for the taxi.
Posted by Laurie Howells on July 8, 2014 08:12
Elizabeth & Laurie, I am not comparing it to Pattaya or anywhere else I am simply saying that by the time you have loaded your passenger and bags, driven to Patong passed through the traffic nightmare outside Tesco's, dropped your passenger off and driven back it will be close to 2 hours. Even if he gets 100 Baht per hour out of that for himself which I doubt he does, 600 Baht is not an unreasonable fare. Personally I wouldn't get out of bed for 600 Baht per hour and I doubt many of the complainers would either.
Posted by Mai Kee Nok on July 8, 2014 09:55
What about the concept of cutting the fare in half and having the taxi pick up another passenger in Patong, Mai Kee Nok? Is that so unreasonable?
mai kee nok: US$20/hour with no tax? Seriously? I guess not hungry enough.
Posted by bill on July 8, 2014 10:26
There just seems to be disparity in taxi fares. Why is it that you can hire a taxi for almost the whole day for 1000 -1200 baht but a 5 minute tuk tuk costs 200 baht and a less than 1 hour trip to the airport about 700. I do realise that additional commissions may be received on top but that depends where you go.
Posted by Manowar on July 8, 2014 10:54
Ed - That is a nice concept and not unreasonable but I was commenting on the here and now not some what could happen in the future. Any meter taxi guy collecting a passenger in Patong before the army turned up would have been crazy and I hate to say it but probably will again after they've gone.
Posted by Mai Kee Nok on July 8, 2014 10:56
When I got a taxi about a week ago, the fare was 800 baht from the airport to Kathu - 200 Baht more than Mai Kee Nok's 600 Baht quote to go further to Patong
Posted by Harvey on July 9, 2014 20:09
ED What's going on about the Thai navy taking you to court, have they chucked the case out.
Posted by Robert on August 13, 2014 22:41
The trial is set to continue next March, Robert.
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