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Phuket Taxi, Tuk-Tuk Clamp to Begin With Check for Licences

Friday, June 1, 2012
PHUKET: Drivers of taxis and tuk-tuks on Phuket are to be asked to produce their driving licences in a crackdown next week, says Phuket Land Transport Department chief Teerayuth Prasertpon.

The campaign marks the start of a strategy to rid Phuket of illegal taxis and will be conducted with Phuket's police, he added, once the Phuket Games 2012 finish on June 5.

Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada, who has been declaring the need for reforms in Phuket's taxi industry, will oversee the attempt to make outlaw drivers conform.

Part of the need is for a data base that includes both legal and illegal vehicles, Khun Teerayuth said, and the aim would be to begin work on assembling lists of legal and illegal drivers and vehicles.

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Drivers of taxis and tuk-tuks on Phuket are to be asked to produce their driving licences in a crackdown next week
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And so it happens again. The authorities tip off the potential offenders, thus ensuring that those without licences make themselves scarce next week.

Whose side are the authorities on????

Posted by Simon Luttrell on June 1, 2012 17:50

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Sounds good all this..But I'm not holding my breath. Every "clamp down" ever issued here never ever leads to anything. By the way, why let it be known that a clamp down will take place in the first place? Why give a heads up to law breakers? Weird.

Posted by christian on June 1, 2012 17:51

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Looks like, that even in Patong are spaces available, on the roads, for 'noTukTuk/Taxi's next week!

Posted by ??? on June 1, 2012 18:27

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"will oversee the attempt to make outlaw drivers conform."
What a sad state of affairs Phuket is in!

Posted by Jimmy on June 1, 2012 18:36

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Illegal, as in operating outside the law, and the plan is to list them. Why not stop them operating as and when they are found to be illegal. Or am I missing something ?

Posted by soupdragon on June 1, 2012 18:40

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I am not sure I understand how asking to see driving licenses will somehow help rid Phuket of illegal taxis, assuming a taxi or tuk tuk can have more than one driver or ?
Anyway as with all such projects let's see in 6 months time if there was any positive outcome of this.

Posted by Bjarne on June 1, 2012 18:43

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I agree Simon Luttrell, the authorities do come across as numb-skulls yet again. Please bad people stay away in case we find you. We would not want that. We would rather you be a danger to most living things and beat the cr@p out of the tourists, just to keep Phuket's image sharp. Asked for their licenses, how about an impromptu road block, sealing off all escape routes and then checking licenses to operate as a Tuk tuk and driver licenses? Been here way to long to be positive about "real" policing of the bad apples.

Posted by DunB on June 1, 2012 18:49

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not sure who is laughing more about phukets efforts to become a world class holday destination. The rest of the World or the guys running the illegal business ?

Posted by Oliver S. on June 1, 2012 19:11

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Taxis, tuk-tuks, ok! But the most dangerous are the "minivans" wich transport tourists.How many Hours/day are the drivers working? Not any respect for the traffic rules, very, very dangerous people... with driving licence...within drugs to perform ? I doubt very much !They drive the vans very, very fast, 100-120-... Km/h, everywhere! Another problem then tuk-tuks and taxis, ok !

Posted by phil on June 2, 2012 08:43

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Some of them are good drivers, others are not. The idea is to sort the good from the bad, isn't it?

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So they will be on holiday for a week, I guess.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 2, 2012 09:44

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Reading about this for more then 10 years now, the TukTuk mafia and the constant taxi problem in Phuket.
Want believe, before I see it.

Posted by jusiceman on June 2, 2012 16:05

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Indeed, the black ones have been gone for just one week, now they are back in full force.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 12, 2012 23:47


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