Phuket Land Transport Office Director Terayoot Prasertphol said a special team from the department would combine with Crime Suppression Division officers from Bangkok and Region 8 police to arrest illegal drivers.
Khun Terayoot has spearheaded a campaign of reform that appears on the verge of giving Phuket international standards for its taxis.
He announced today at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City that the hotline telephone number 1584 was now the number to be called by people who want taxis, as well as those who wish to lodge complaints.
''We are getting there,'' he said. At a Phuket honorary consuls' meeting last month with Phuket Governor tri Augkaradacha, Khun Terayoot's efforts were greeted with praise.
''There is also progress on the introduction of airport bus services,'' he said today.
''Applications for the new services will be invited from October 15 to November 30 for the routes from Phuket airport to Rawai, from Phuket airport to Patong and Kata-Karon and from Phuket airport to Kamala.''
The new Phuket bus services could be running early next year, he forecasts.
Observers also believe real progress is being made in the step-by-step legitimisation of Phuket's existing army of illegal ''black'' taxis.
Khun Terayoot said he believed 88 percent of the process was now complete.
His department has overseen the compilation of data that has led to the progress achieved so far.
Figures show that of Phuket's three districts, Phuket City (Muang) has 81 taxi queues and 1293 vehicles, Kathu has 59 queues and 1372 vehicles, and Thalang has 46 queues and 929 vehicles.
Since August 13 in three stages, 2624 vehicles have signed on. These vehicles are now in the process of having their white plates changed to green official taxi plates.
The move will only come with compliance to the new rules: vehicles must be 1500cc or above, and private vehicles now being paid off - believed to include more than 90 percent of the vehicles - will have to renegotiate a loan with the government bank.
The government bank has undertaken to outlay 650 million baht to take over the commitments of private vehicle drivers so they can become public vehicle drivers.
''Even proper uniforms will come with time,'' Khun Terayoot said.
He listed the number of public vehicles on Phuket as follows: 75 metred taxis; 510 tuk-tuks; 691 green-plate saloon cars; 2478 motorcycle taxis; 397 seung taews and buses; 3317 mini-vans.
The total: 7468 vehicles, which combined with the 2624 vehicles now in the process of being officially registered, takes the total for Phuket public vehicles to more than 10,000.
''From October 15, our special team will be on Phuket checking papers and any vehicle that is not properly registered will be put off the road,'' he said.
Step by step, Khun Terayoot appears to be edging towards his avowed aim of a modern call centre system for Phuket.
This would mean customers are not forced, as they are at present, to pay for a taxi travelling empty in the wrong direction - at their expense.