Ukrainian Fined in Phuket for No Driving License after Being Suspected of Being an Illegal Taxi Driver in Chonburi

Phuket –

A Ukrainian driver was fined 1,000 baht in Phuket for having no valid driving license. He was traveling from Chonburi with friends to Phuket. A Thai taxi driver was concerned he was an illegal minivan driver.

The Patong Police told the Phuket Express over the past weekend that they were notified by a Thai driver that there was a minivan with a Chonburi white license plate and a foreign driver and passengers in Patong. The Thai driver was concerned that the foreign driver was an illegal taxi driver.

The Patong Police and the Phuket Tourist Police arrived on the Pracha Nukroh Road where they found the minivan with a white license plate (personal vehicle). The driver was MR. ANDRIL MINDAUN, 35, of Ukrainian nationality . He’s registered as living in Chalong, Phuket. There was another Ukrainian and some Asian passengers inside the minivan.

The minivan owner was identified as MR. ALEKSEI KKHAEV, 39, a Russian national who lives in Nongprue, Banglamung. The minivan driver MR. ANDRIL told police that he is a friend of the minivan owner MR. ALEKSEI. He had borrowed MR. ALEKSEI’s minivan. MR. ANDRIL asked his other Ukrainian friend to drive the minivan from Chonburi to Phuket with him.

MR. ANDRIL told police that when they were in Phuket, MR. ANDRIL drove the minivan for his Ukrainian friend and other Asian friends as he is familiar in the area. He stated he did NOT rent out the minivan or get hired to drive the minivan. However MR. ANDRIL was fined 1,000 baht for driving with no license.


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.