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5% taxi fare rise delayed again

When taxis stop rejecting customers, says the prime minister, he'll stop blocking a fare hike. JIRAPORN KUHAKAN

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The Transport Ministry is keeping a 5% taxi fare rise on hold after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the ministry to address the problem of cheating taxi drivers first.

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Taxi fare rise on hold due to cab cheats

Amornrat Mahitthirook

The Transport Ministry is keeping a 5% taxi fare rise on hold after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the ministry to address the problem of cheating taxi drivers first.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the premier told the ministry to intensify efforts to stop cabbies cheating passengers before asking him to approve the second part of a taxi fare hike.

He said Gen Prayut raised concerns after passengers recently complained about cabbies overcharging them, particularly at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Mr Arkhom was speaking after a meeting to discuss the taxi fare hike with Deputy Transport Minister Ormsin Chivapruck and Department of Land Transport (DLT) director-general, Sanit Phromsathit, on Monday.

"The fare hike will be considered based on the quality of service and customers' satisfaction," Mr Arkhom said.

"If overcharging and the issue of drivers refusing to take passengers persists, the fare increase will remain suspended," he added.

The DLT says it keeps receiving complaints about taxi drivers who ignore people flagging them down.

Mr Arkhom said Airports of Thailand (AoT), which oversees Suvarnabhumi airport, will also be invited to talk to the ministry to devise ways of stopping the practice.

Meanwhile, Mr Sanit admitted overcharging, refusing to take passengers, and sexually harassing them, are common complaints.

Legal action was also being taken against offending drivers as a way to address the problems.

Mr Arkhom also ordered the DLT to prepare details about the costs and income of taxi drivers, the effect of a fare hike on passengers, and inflation. The information would be forwarded to the ministry early next month, Mr Sanit said.

In 2014, the ministry agreed to raise taxi fares by 13%.

However, it only granted an 8% increase, withholding the rest until drivers could prove they had improved their services.

The Transport Ministry suspended introducing the fare rise in March while it looked at tougher punishments for cab drivers, including a 10,000 baht fine.

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Vocabulary:

address : to deal with a problem - จัดการปัญหา

admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

approve : to give official permission - อนุมัต

based on (verb): information or facts used to make a story, calculation, judgement or decision - ตั้งอยู่บน,ยึดเป็นหลัก

cabbie : a person whose job is to drive a taxi - คนขับรถแท็กซี่

cheat : a person who cheats (acts in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage) - คนโกง, คนหลอกลวง

common : ordinary; not unusual or special - ที่เกิดขึ้นทุกวัน, ธรรมดา

complain : to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์

complaint : when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน

concerns : worries - ความกังวล

consider : to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา

customer (noun): a person or an organisation that buys something from a shop/store or business - ลูกค้า

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

details : small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

devise : to invent a method of doing something - คิดขึ้นใหม่

director-general : the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี

due to : because of - เนื่องจาก

effort : an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม

fare : the money that you pay for a journey - ค่าโดยสาร

fine : an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ

flag down (verb): to signal to the driver of a vehicle to stop by waving at them - โบกสัญญาณให้กับ (ด้วยธงหรือมือ)

forward : to send onwards - ส่งต่อ

grant : to officially give something - ให้

harass : to keep attacking or annoying someone - รบกวน, ทำให้ลำบากใจ

hike : an increase - การเพิ่มสูงขึ้น

ignore : to fail to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย

improve : to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น

income : money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้

inflation : a general rise in the prices of services and goods in a particular country, resulting in a fall in the value of money - เงินเฟ้อ

intensify (verb): to increase in degree or strength - ทำให้แรงขึ้น, ทำให้หนาแน่นขึ้น

invite : to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something - เชิญ

issue : a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น

legal : relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

offending (adj): causing you to feel annoyed or upset; causing problems - ซึ่งขุ่นเคือง

on hold : delayed; not happening at the expected time - หยุดไว้ชั่วคราว

overcharge (verb): to ask for too much money for the product or service you are selling - คิดเงินแพงเกินไป

oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

particularly : especially, or more than usual - โดยเฉพาะ

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

persist : to continue - ยืดเยื้อต่อไป

practice : a way of doing something - การปฏิบัติ

premier (noun): prime minister - นายกรัฐมนตรี

prove : to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true - พิสูจน์

punishment : an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ

quality : the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ

raise : to bring up a subject for discussion - ยกขึ้นมาเป็นประเด็น

refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ

satisfaction (noun): a feeling that you are pleased and satisfied - ความพอใจ

sexually : connected with a person's sexual desires - เรื่องทางเพศ, ลักษณะทางเพศ

suspend : to stop for a period of time - ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว

tough : demanding that particular rules be obeyed and ready to give out punishments to those who refuse - ที่ลงโทษร้ายแรง เข้มงวด

Transport Minister (noun): The government minister who heads the Ministry of Transport - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงคมนาคม

Transport Ministry (noun): The government ministry oversing all matters related to transportation, including highways, air transport and safety, licensing, road taxes, etc. - กระทรวงคมนาคม

withhold : to deliberately not give something to someone - ระงับ, ถอนกลับ

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