A meeting yesterday chaired by Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada noted the move and endorsed the latest schedule of fares.
Phuket's honorary consuls almost unanimously found fault with the fares when they met with former Phuket Governor Tri Augkradacha last month, highlighting especially the differences in cost to passengers going to and from Phuket airport.
Fares going to Phuket airport are often much higher than those going from the airport to the same part of Phuket.
Registration has not solved all the issues. It was apparent yesterday that 136 taxis had registered for the Mook Andaman group at Phuket International Airport.
However, the airport's General Manager, Wing Commander Prathuang Somkhom, noted that there is only room for 50 more registered taxis.
The members of the Transportation Committee of the Senate are due to visit Phuket on Friday to sort that one out.
Representatives of the taxis groups, mayors and local authorities appeared in agreement yesterday at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City that the issue of illegal taxis had been mostly resolved.
Having a specific number for tourists to call to either book a taxi or to complain about the high fare - they can simply dial 1584 - also creates the basis for a better system in future.
The greatest injustice, however, still persists. Tourists have to pay for a trip they don't take, for the taxi to return to its home base once it has dropped them off.
As long as the taxis make that empty trip at the tourists' expense - because of long-standing Phuket territorial traditions - with tourists paying for a phantom trip, complaints are likely to continue.
However, as the honorary consuls were keen to point out when they last met, Phuket Land Transport Office Director Terayoot Prasertphol and his deputies appear to have finally managed to apply commonsense and order where there was once chaos and confusion.
The Phuket taxi fares that met with approval yesterday include the following:
PHUKET AIRPORT TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Phuket Airport to Koh Sireh: 600 baht
Phuket Airport to Deep Sea Port: 750 baht
Phuket Airport to Chalong: 650 baht
Phuket Airport to Karon: 750 baht
Phuket Airport to Surin: 550 baht
Phuket Airport to Kamala: 600 baht
KARON AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Karon to Patong: 400 baht
Karon to Phuket City: 550 baht
Karon to Phuket Airport: 1000 baht
Karon to Deep Sea Port: 700 baht
Karon to New Bus Station: 600 baht
Karon to Surin beach: 700 baht
KAMALA AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Kamala to Patong: 400 baht
Kamala to Karon: 600 baht
Kamala to Rawai: 900 baht
Kamala to Phuket Airport: 700 baht
Kamala to Phuket City: 700 baht
Kamala to Cape Panwa: 900 baht
PATONG AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Patong to Kamala: 400 baht
Patong to Karon: 400 baht
Patong to Kata: 500 baht
Patong to Phuket Airport: 800 baht
Patong to Laguna: 600 baht
Patong tp Cape Promthep: 700 baht
RAWAI AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Rawai to Deep Sea Port: 750 baht
Rawai to Cape Panwa: 800 baht
Rawai to Chalong Bay: 350 baht
Rawai to Kata: 400 baht
Rawai to Patong: 700 baht
Rawai to Surin: 900 baht
Rawai to Phuket Airport: 1000 baht
Rawai to Phuket City: 500 baht
Rawai to New bus Station: 600 baht
A check on the board at a Surin beach taxi and tuk-tuk rank - not part of the latest agreement - showed the following fares:
SURIN AREA TAXIS AND TUK-TUKS
Surin to Phuket Airport: 700 baht
Surin to Kamala: 300 baht
Surin to JW Marriott: 900 baht
Surin to FantaSea (Kamala): 300 baht
Surin to Laguna: 400 baht
Surin to Mission Hills: 700 baht
Surin to Karon: 700 baht
Surin to Kata: 800 baht
Surin to Phuket City: 600 baht
Surin to Cape Promthep: 1200 baht
Surin to Cape Panwa: 1100 baht
Surin to Khao Lak: 2500 baht
Surin to Krabi: 3500 baht