Thailand’s motorbike taxis can claim state subsidy to buy benzene

Motorbike taxi on Sukhumvit Soi 11

A tourist sits on a motorcycle taxi on Sukhumvit Soi 11 in Bangkok. Photo by Mark Fischer.

Motorcycle taxi drivers can now download the “Thung Ngern” application onto their smartphones, so they can receive a 250 baht/month subsidy from the state until the end of July, to be used to buy benzene from gas stations under the 50:50 co-payment scheme, in light of the high fuel prices.

Energy Permanent Secretary Kulit Sombatsiri said today (Thursday) that this co-payment scheme is intended to ease the burden of rising oil prices on motorcycle taxi drivers, in an effort to prevent them from increasing their fares.

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By Thai PBS World

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