Vans, cabs, motorcycle taxis registered by year's end

Vans, cabs, motorcycle taxis registered by year's end

Operators of public passenger vans have until the year-end to register with authorities or be banned. Meanwhile, registration and safety checks continue with motorcycle taxis and taxis.

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"We are watching you", the Department of Land Transport has warned public passenger van operators who must register with the department by year-end. PATTARACHAI PRECHAPANICH

Vans must be registered by year-end

Land Transport registering vans, cabs, motorcycle-taxis

Amornrat Mahitthirook

Operators of public passenger vans have until the end of December to register with the authorities, or be banned from providing public transport services, the Department of Land Transport (DLT) warned on Tuesday.

DLT director-general Teerapong Rodprasert said on Tuesday a total of 3,074 passengers vans have been approved by the central land transport committee to operate as public passenger vans after passing inspection tests.

Of these, 1,262 of the vans operate in Bangkok and the remaining 1,812 on routes between Bangkok and nearby provinces.

Although they have DLT approval to provide public transport services, they must register with the department by the end of this year, said Mr Teerapong.

Once legally registered as public vehicles, public van operators and drivers must strictly abide by the land transport regulations. Those found to operate outside their service routes, collect fares higher than the legal limit or carry passengers in excess  of the legal limit will be fined, said the department chief.

If they repeat the offence, they will face both a fine and additional punishment as stated in contracts signed with authorities. A third offence would be met a fine and their names would be struck off the department’s list of public transport operators.

He also warned operators of illegal vans with  ordinary black licence plates that they face a prison term of  up to five years and a fine of 20,000-100,000 baht if found illegally operating on routes in Bangkok and nearby provinces.

He warned there would be severe crackdowns on illegal van services.

All of the more than 100,000 Bangkok motorcycle taxi drivers must wear the new queue jackets by January 1. PATIPAT JANTHONG

On moves to regulate motorcycle-taxis in Bangkok, 80,135 out of 104,134 motorcycle-taxis had already been registered, and the remainder were being registered, said Mr Teerapong.

All registered motorcycle-taxi drivers will receive new motorcycle-taxi queue jackets, which will be handed out to them, starting from Dec 1.

From Jan 1 next year onward, all registered motorcycle-taxi drivers are required to wear their new queue jackets featuring their ID and their queue numbers.

Taxis queue to undergo examinations carried out by the Land Transport Department. THITI WANNAMONTA

He said a total of 9,286 cabs have undergone safety standard checks as of Nov 13 as part of requirements to improve services ahead of a planned 8% hike in taxi fares on Dec 1. Of these, 7,407 taxis, or 80%, passed the test.

They will have their meters adjusted to comply with the new fare rate and the department will give them stickers certifying their services. Taxis that fail the test must improve their service within 15 days.

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Vocabulary

  • abide by: to follow a rule, law or instruction - ทำตามกฎหมาย
  • adjust: to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable - ปรับ
  • approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
  • approved: given official agreement or permission - ได้รับการรับรองแล้ว
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • banned: officially not allowed to do something - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ  ถูกตัดสิทธิ
  • cab: a taxi -
  • certify: to give somebody an official document proving that they are qualified to work in a particular profession - รับรอง,ลงนามเป็นพยาน
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • comply: to obey a rule or law, or to do what someone asks you to do - ปฏิบัติตามกฎหมาย
  • contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • crackdown: strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่
  • director-general: the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี
  • excess: greater than is usual; too much of something   - มากเกินปริมาณที่พอดี
  • fare: the money that you pay for a journey - ค่าโดยสาร
  • fine: to be required to pay an amount of money because you have broken the law - ปรับเป็นเงิน
  • hike: an increase - การเพิ่มสูงขึ้น
  • improve: to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น
  • inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
  • legal: allowed by the law - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
  • legally: correct according to the law - ตามกฎหมาย
  • licence plate: a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number - แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
  • offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
  • passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • prison term: a length of time someone is required to stay in prison - ระยะเวลาที่จำคุก
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • queue: a line of people waiting for something - คิว
  • rate: an amount of money that is paid or charged - ราคา, อัตรา
  • register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน
  • regulate: to control an activity officially by using rules - ควบคุม
  • regulations: official rules that control the way things are done - ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ
  • remainder: the part of something that is left after that rest have been considered, left, finished, etc. - ส่วนที่เหลืออยู่
  • repeat (verb): to say something again; to do or produce something again or more than once - พูดซ้ำ, ทำซ้ำ
  • requirement: something that you must have or do in order to do or get something else - ข้อกำหนด, ข้อบังคับ
  • route: the roads, paths, waterways, etc., used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
  • standard (noun): a level of quality that is normal or acceptable for a particular person or in a particular situation - มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน
  • sticker: a sticky label (paper, plastic, etc.) with a picture or message on it, that you stick onto something - สติ๊กเกอร์
  • strictly: completely - อย่างเข้มงวด
  • transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

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