GrabBike driver fined THB4,000 following viral harassment video

Pathumwan police fined a GrabBike driver THB4,000 yesterday after the story of him getting harassed by local moto-taxi drivers went viral.

Th GrabBike driver, identified as Pitsanu Thiwasamrit, was fined on a charge of using a private vehicle to operate a public transport service, not possessing a public transport driver’s license and not wearing the required uniform.

Police tracked down Pitsanu after his passenger, a Chulalongkorn University student, posted a video of their argument with the local win dudes on Sunday.

The local moto-taxi drivers reportedly took Pitsanu’s key when the GrabBike driver picked up his passenger up in their area.


READ: Student harassed by moto-taxi drivers for calling GrabBike (VIDEO)

Sanit Promwong, the Department of Land Transport’s director-general, said the organization does not reject new technology to call taxis, but it must be conducted within the law.

Sanit said officials also paid a visit to the motorcycle taxis in the video and gave them a disciplinary warning for their inappropriate behaviour.

The video, which has now surpassed a million views, has drawn criticisms from social media users who say the drivers’ poor manners are the reason many of them use Grab and Uber to get taxis.

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