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If taxi co-operatives get their way, Bangkok taxi rides are going to be more expensive.
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Bangkok taxi drivers earlier this year demanded help in coping with increased fuel prices. Now they also want a fare increase. APICHART JINAKUL
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Taxis demand a fare increase
Any regular customer of Bangkok taxis has probably heard the complaints: long hours, rising fuel prices, fierce competition for riders and fares that haven’t been adequately adjusted for too long.
Recently the Transport Ministry, which has the final say on taxi fares, has indicated that it is willing to consider a fare increase. When that might happen is unclear, however, so taxi co-operatives are pushing their own proposal which calls for a 12% fare rise for trips in the city.
Withoon Naewpanich, the head of Siam Taxi Co-operatives, said the starting fare should be capped at 35 baht. But the fare for the first 50km within the city area should be raised by 12%.
At present, the first 3km costs 45 baht. If the fare rise is approved, 45 baht will cover a distance of 2.5km.
For long-distance travel of between 50km to 150km, a rise of 8% is being sought by the taxi co-ops.
Given Bangkok’s horrendous traffic congestion, perhaps the most significant demand deals with the rate for taxis stalled in traffic. Mr Withoon said the cooperatives wanted the rate for a taxi that is not moving in traffic to go up from the current 1.50 baht to 2.50 baht a minute.
A fare increase, he said, would help drivers survive the financial crunch and make them less inclined to refuse passengers wanting to travel long distances.
Shinawat Haboonpad, adviser to the transport minister, said he would pass the demands for a fare increase on to the minister. If the minister approves the hike, he would forward the issue for cabinet consideration.
He said taxi drivers deserved a fare rise in light of the soaring cost of living.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
cope with – to deal successfully with a difficult situation or job จัดการกับปัญหา แก้ปัญหา
fare – the money that you pay for a journey ค่าโดยสาร
demand – to ask for something very firmly เรียกร้อง, ต้องการ
regular – normal; following a pattern, especially with the same time and space in between each thing and the next ประจำ
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
fierce – very strong รุนแรง, ดุเดือด
competition – a situation in which people or organisations compete, i.e., try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you การแข่งขัน
adequately – good enough or large enough for a particular purpose อย่างพอเพียง, พอประมาณ
adjust – to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable ปรับ
final say – final responsibility for making a decision สิทธิในการตัดสินใจ
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willing – to be happy to do something if it is needed ซึ่งสมัครใจ, ซึ่งมีความตั้งใจ
co-operative – a business or farm owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them สมาคมสหกรณ์
proposal – a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
cap – to have an upper limit มีขีดสูงสุด
approved – given official agreement or permission ได้รับการรับรองแล้ว
sought (past tense of seek) – asked for something, or to tried to get something พยายามได้มา
horrendous – extremely bad; extremely unpleasant and unacceptable น่ากลัว, น่าสยดสยอง
traffic congestion – roads that are very crowded with vehicles รถติด
significant – important สำคัญ
stalled – delayed; stopped temporarily ล่าช้า ถ่วงเวลา
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
survive – to manage to deal with something difficult or unpleasant รอดไปได้
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
crunch – a situation in which there is suddenly not enough of something, especially money ภาวะวิกฤต โดยเฉพาะเรื่องเงิน
inclined – wanting to do something; tending to do something ซึ่งมีแนวโน้มที่จะ
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
(price) hike – a price increase การขึ้นราคา
forward – to send onwards ส่งต่อ
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น