Legal Action Taken Against Four Illegal Taxi Drivers in Phuket

Phuket –

Legal actions are being taken against four illegal taxi drivers in Phuket.

The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) reported yesterday (February 2nd) that from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. relevant officials set up a checkpoint near the Rassada Pier in the Rassada sub-district, Mueang Phuket.

Two taxi car drivers were found using vehicles to transfer tourists as illegal taxis (Black Plates). Two taxi drivers (Green Plates) from Bangkok were also found servicing in the area against rules and regulations.

Those offending taxi drivers will be fined and their driving licenses will be considered for 90 days of suspension.

The Phuket Express noted ‘Black Plates’ is a term commonly used by the PLTO to call a normal personal vehicle (with a white license plate, ironically) but instead were found being used to transfer passengers as an illegal taxi. Meanwhile, taxis with green license plates can be serviced in provinces where they have been registered only.

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In total 90 illegal taxi drivers in Phuket were fined in the past three months and 33 of them have had their driving licenses suspended for 90 days.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.