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Illegal taxis in Thailand to face tougher rule

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BANGKOK, 20 April 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Land Transport of Thailand will impose a stricter measure against taxi drivers who have no professional driving license starting from 1 May 2012. The new rule has the objective to control the number of taxis and ensure higher security for passengers.

Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, Somchai Siriwattanachoke, said the department would inspect taxis more intensively to arrest the drivers who operated without a professional driving license. According to Mr.Somchai, out of 120,000 registered taxis, more than 20,000 drivers or 20% do not have a professional driving license. A lack of the license might affect service and passengers’ safety.

The department has informed more than 100 taxi companies about the measure and asked them to make sure that every taxi driver holds the license. Violation of the rule will result in a fine of 2,000 baht and termination of operating licenses.

The director-general added that passengers can check whether a taxi driver has a professional driving license by looking at the taxi ID inside the car. If the picture in the ID does not match the driver, it means the driver operates illegally and the passenger can refuse service.

Read more: NNT

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