Taxi fare increase proposed (Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith,…
Taxi fare increase proposed
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith
is demanding officials
study further an 8% taxi fare
hike before he approves the proposal.
about approving the new rate
which will be applied only when taxis get stuck in bad traffic
with no change to the currently fixed starting fare of 35 baht.
The new calculation
unveiled on Tuesday
by the Department of Land Transport
based on a study conducted by
the Thailand Development Research Institute
according to them:
To stay financially healthy, the net amount must increase to more than 1,600 baht,
"I need to call the department for a talk before making a decision"
Department of Land Transport deputy chief Kamol Buranaphong
whether the fare increase will take effect or not depends on Mr Arkhom's decision.
he wants to ensure authorities are taking appropriate measures, as only taxis under the department-run Taxi OK programme will be eligible for the new fare structure.
The 8% hike is the latest effort of the government to help the drivers.
Unfortunately, complaints over their inappropriate behaviour keep rolling in to the department.
From October of last year to September of this year, there were more than 48,000 complaints
He added that the trend is on the rise.
he believes the TDRI-based fare solution will help relieve the financial woes of taxi drivers who often complain about low daily earnings.
Taxi OK-certified taxis
to pass additional
above-standard tests for roadworthiness
is aimed at improving both
following a number of complaints against them.
only 12,986 of 80,647 taxis nationwide
are listed as Taxi OK vehicles.
they get a net income of
about 400 baht a day,
bit higher than the 325 baht minimum wage in Bangkok.