After receiving reports that a few taxi drivers here in Pattaya were still not adhering to the new order to use their meters for all fares officers from the Chonburi Department of Land Transport took to the streets of Pattaya on February 7 to perform some spot checks.
DLT member Somart Kang-gnuen aided by soldiers established a checkpoint on Beach Road close to popular tourist hotspot Central Festival and randomly stopped cabbies to check that they were using their meters and not hiring out their vehicles for private charters.
Somart said “many” taxis were caught not using their meters and they were each fined 1,000 baht, also as part of the checkpoint their vehicles were inspected to make sure they were up to DLT standards, those found in violation were fined 2,000 baht.
The one-day crackdown came after taxis were ordered by the military to use their meters for all fares back in August of last year.
Pattaya taxis have been griping that the 35 baht base fare is too little and that they cannot compete against baht buses and ride-sharing applications such as Uber.
Somart noted that officials are aware that the Uber X service continues to operate here in Pattaya even though the Transport Ministry has declared the service illegal.
Source : Pattaya Mail
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