Bangkok Governor Targets Taxi and Tuk-Tuk Overcharging

Chadchart Sittipunt, the governor of Bangkok, addressed the problem of tuk-tuk and taxi drivers overcharging and obstructing traffic at the Central World retail mall in Pathumwan. Due to its large daily visitor count, Central World is a popular destination for tuk-tuks and taxis. But they frequently obstruct traffic and overcharge foreign tourists.

Although taxis and tuk-tuks have a dedicated lane, they often park for long periods of time, which contributes to traffic congestion. Taxi and tuk-tuk drivers are encouraged to use this lane and avoid parking for longer than required by Governor Sittipunt. Only at the three designated Central World locations may passengers hail cabs.

Penalties were announced for fare exploitation in addition to traffic management. Taxi drivers who overcharge or neglect to utilize taxi meters will face sanctions from the Bangkok Government in collaboration with the Thai Department of Land Transport. This action is a reaction to concerns raised by developed country embassies regarding haggling over taxi fares in Thailand.

The Bangkok Government has formally brought up the matter of meters with the Thai Department of Land Transport, which is in charge of regulating taxi and tuk-tuk fares. The goal of this project is to find solutions to these problems so that both foreign visitors and locals can benefit.

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