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Phuket to Trial Metered Tuk-Tuks, says Governor

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Tuk-Tuk Turmoil May Be At an End

TRIALS of fare meters in tuk-tuks could begin this year in Karon and Kata, Phuket’s Governor Wichai Praisa-ngob said yesterday.

The move would represent a major breakthrough in attempting to solve Phuket’s chronic transport problems, mostly caused by corruption and rip-offs that are turning off tourists.

The governor said the tuk-tuk organisation in Karon and Kata area was keen to evaluate meters as a solution to widespread alarm about the current price structure.

Governor Wichai yesterday echoed the concerns of tourists and Phuket expat residents about rising fares and noted that all Bangkok taxis had meters.

”The difference here may be that the minimum starting charge on Phuket is 200 baht, not 35 baht,” he said. ”But we need to look at alternatives to the present system.”

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