Taxi drivers seek higher fare hike

A taxi drivers organization is demanding a fare hike twice that which was recently approved, claiming it insufficiently addresses their costs and won’t produce profits.

Following word from the Department of Transport it approved a two-phase increase of 8 percent and 13 percent over the next six months, the Suvarnabhumi Public Taxi Driver Network is not satisfied and will submit a letter to Prayuth Chan-ocha to demand an increase of 26 percent.

Pramote Kotemanee, the network’s president, said Sunday the cost of renting a taxi runs about THB650 to 700 per shift. Deducting all costs, most drivers earn THB200 to 500 a day, and some end up without any profit.

Pramote also sought to address one of the most frequent complaints about drivers rejecting fares.

He said drivers are willing to improve service but request customers understand they cannot accept all customers.

Sometimes they actually run out of gas or are about to finish their shift, Bangkok Biz News reported.

Photo: Stephan Rebernik


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