B5,000 fine for cabbies rejecting fares

B5,000 fine for cabbies rejecting fares

A passenger carrying a child boards a taxi in heavy rain in Bangkok. All too often, cabbies refuse a fare. The Land Transport Department plans to raise the fine for rejecting passengers from 2,000 to 5,000 baht. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
A passenger carrying a child boards a taxi in heavy rain in Bangkok. All too often, cabbies refuse a fare. The Land Transport Department plans to raise the fine for rejecting passengers from 2,000 to 5,000 baht. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

The Land Transport Department plans to raise the fine for cabbies who reject passengers from 2,000 baht to 5,000 baht, but a taxi drivers' leader insists it's sometimes necessary to turn away a fare.

Deputy director-general Thanee Suebrerk said on Monday the department had proposed the merger of car and land transport laws and that the amendment bill include an increase of the maximum fine from 2,000 baht to 5,000 baht for taxi drivers who reject passengers.

The increase was aimed at lifting the penalties for taxi drivers committing offences to the same level as those imposed on other public transport, such as passenger buses and vans, he said.

Taxis refusing to accept a fare is the most frequent complaint filed with the hotline number 1584 of the Land Transport Department.

However, Withoon Naewpanit, head of a network of taxi drivers in Bangkok, said cabbies sometimes have to reject passengers who want to go on routes where there are no other fares, or who want to make several stopovers. He said cab drivers earn low incomes and fares have been frozen for a long time.


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