Pattaya taxi drivers force foreigners out of Uber car

Screenshot: Bangkok Biz News
Screenshot: Bangkok Biz News

A group of cabbies chased foreign tourists out of their Uber and threatened to have the Uber driver arrested — the latest vile move from taxi drivers in the conflict between them and the ride-sharing apps.

The Uber driver, Surasak Kookham, 29, told police he was surrounded by five or six registered taxi drivers who blocked him from driving away when he picked up a foreign couple on Pattaya Sai 2 Road.

“The woman was already inside the car when her husband was putting the luggage in the trunk, but the taxi drivers told her to get out,” Surasak told Bangkok Biz News.

Surasak said that the tourists were terrified. He started recording the incident, showing the taxi drivers blocking his way and the tourists standing helplessly on the roadside.

“We waited for the tourist police to arrive. I gave them my driver’s license, and then I paid a THB1,000 fine at the police station.”

Uber remains illegal in Thailand.

Surasak said he also filed a police report against the taxi drivers for confinement.

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