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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