Errant taxis hit with fines at Don Mueang

Errant taxis hit with fines at Don Mueang

A long line of taxis is seen in front of Don Mueang airport on Monday. (Photo by Weerapong Wongpreeda)
A long line of taxis is seen in front of Don Mueang airport on Monday. (Photo by Weerapong Wongpreeda)

Taxi drivers who park illegally on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in front of Don Mueang airport will be fined up to 1,000 baht, according to the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB).

The measure comes after a long line of taxis caused a traffic jam on the road leading to Laksi intersection, deputy MPB commissioner Nipon Charoenphon said. 

The illegal parking also causes congestion up to the National Memorial, he said. 

Many passengers tend to leave the airport to find a taxi because of the big queues inside, Pol Maj Gen Nipon said.

Traffic police will be positioned in the area to clear the problem quickly, he said. 

Meanwhile, a total of 187 motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok were caught violating various laws during a six-day operation which ended on Thursday.

The operation was jointly carried out by police, army and city law enforcement officers. 

Of the motorbike taxi drivers caught, 126 were using unregistered motorcycles and fined up to 2,000 baht, said Teerapong Rodprasert, director-general of the Department of Land Transport (DLT). If they re-commit the offence, they will have their driving licence suspended.

He said 47 were caught without their taxi vest or with no helmet and they were each fined up to 1,000 baht. 

Seven taxi drivers did not have correct licence plates and they were fined up to 10,000 baht each. Five drivers failed to pay vehicle taxes and they were fined up to 2,000 baht each. 

Two failed to present their driving licences and they were fined up to 1,000 baht. 

"The move to regulate motorcycle taxis in Bangkok is in line with the policy of the National Council for Peace and Order," said Mr Teerapong. The check was carried out to make sure vests, drivers, identification cards and vehicles matched, he said. The operation was also to make sure drivers don't rent out their vests.

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