Legal Action Taken Against Thirteen Illegal Taxi Drivers in Phuket

Phuket –

Legal action is being taken against thirteen illegal taxi drivers in Phuket.

The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) reported over the past weekend that relevant officials set up a checkpoint near the Phuket International Airport in the Sakoo sub-district of Thalang.

Seven taxi drivers (Green Plates) from other provinces were found servicing in the area against rules and regulations. Six taxi drivers were also found using personal vehicles to transfer tourists as illegal taxis (Black Plates).

The 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, although Phuket officials are reportedly planning to relax this rule.

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Goongnang Suksawat
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 four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some 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.