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Kids wanting a cheap trip during the Phuket Games  were ripped off

Phuket Games Kids Taken for a Ride

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
PHUKET: Many children had been ripped off by motorcycle taxis during the Phuket Games 2012, a meeting about public transport heard today.

''Many complaints have been received,'' said Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada. ''It was not unusual for a motorcycle taxi to charge children 300 baht for the journey from Surakul Stadium in Phuket City to Robinson department store, downtown - little more than a five-minute ride.''

Vice Governor Jamleran said this was unacceptable. ''It's time for action on public transport,'' he said at a meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City.

Contracts between some drivers and Airports of Thailand, which manages Phuket airport, expired on September 30 so that would be a deadline to set things straight, he added.

Thirty more metered taxis had been approved for Phuket airport, taking the total to 110. But the vice governor said that many complaints had been received from people who said the taxis kept their meters off and charged similar large amounts to other illegal taxis.

The flagfall was to be set at 50 baht, but another 100 baht was needed to cover the fee charged by Airports of Thailand, making it 150 baht the moment someone got into a metered cab at Phuket airport.

From there the fare was set at seven baht a kilo for the first two kilos then six baht a kilo for three to 20 kilometres, meaning a trip from Phuket Airport to Patong should cost 450 baht.

The directors of Phuket's three districts - Muang Phuket City, Kathu and Thalang - were to meet on Friday to compile data on the numbers of tuk-tuks, taxis illegal and legal, and motorcycles and cars for rent across Phuket.

He said with that data, a course of action could be determined. There were also 150 green-plate limousines, whose arrangements were made directly with Phuket airport management.

The Director of Phuket Land Transport, Terayoot Prasertphol, said there were more than 400,000 motorcycles and 200,000 cars on Phuket, with many households having at least two vehicles and 10,000 cars being added each year.

''We want to make Phuket comply with set standards, and that means improving the cleanliness and look of the Phuket airport, too,'' he said.


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" Vice Governor Jamleran said this was unacceptable. ''It's time for action on public transport,'' he said at a meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City."
Please, please, please, please just don't set up anymore committees to check out committees and then more committees to check on these other committees. Stop acting the goat, just get on and stop the madness. This issue has become an international joke, with the leaders of Phuket taking centre stage.

Posted by Robin on June 6, 2012 21:22


The time for action was 15 years ago its now so firmly entrenched and so many greedy fingers in this pie this cancer seems inremovable more big talk and no action when tuk tuk drivers can stand over the United States Navy and every resort on the island conclusions have long since been drawn by visitors.

Posted by traveller on June 6, 2012 22:35


Interestingly enough, during this week the black taxis in front of Simplitel in Karon were gone. The occupied parking lots were available for public traffic, and it looked all like normal. Now, how long are our supporters from Bangkok staying to check the illegal bunch? I am pretty sure on the day after they leave everything will be back to "normal" :-(

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 7, 2012 00:34


Ahahahahhaah or I can say bla bla bla bla.. Boring to listen the same story since 5 years...

Posted by Dave on June 7, 2012 01:00


Cheap saying all this they think we are all supposed think that all is good and that something is being done to correct it...How long has this been going on with the same types of response???

Posted by sky on June 7, 2012 03:59


Exactly as predicted: the officials must be gone, because the black taxis/tuk-tuks are back at the old location in Karon.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 8, 2012 21:57


I don't understand what this 100B is that is going to AOT. An official kickback? And why is it 50B at Suvarnibuhmi but 100B in Phuket? Another transport official recently stated that metered taxi's don't pay a concession to AOT because they are a public service. I guess he was wrong?

Posted by Joe on June 11, 2012 07:15


Phuket motorbike taxis ripping off out of province Thai kids ? Absoltely shameful. I've heard the one about all foreigners being rich. What's the excuse this time ?

Phuket should be thoroughly embarrassed. Conclusive proof that Phuket people have lost their "Thainess" ? Getting close.

Better give your kids plenty of money next year when they go to compete in a different province. News travels fast.

Posted by James on June 11, 2012 10:42

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