More Drama Between Rival Taxi Drivers in Phuket

Phuket –

A local taxi driver allegedly attacked and jumped onto a mobile application taxi car with a foreign passenger inside in the Thalang district.

Ms. Ben, last name withheld, 35, a female taxi driver, filed a report to the Cherng Talay Police on Sunday (June 11th). She told police that she picked up a foreign passenger from the Bolt application in front of a restaurant in Bang Tao.

The Phuket Express notes that the Bolt application has been certified by the Phuket Land Transport Office.

Suddenly, a male taxi driver rushed at her vehicle, physically hit her taxi, and jumped onto the front of her vehicle. She drove away quickly as her foreign customers were frightened about the incident.

She asked her passenger, whose identity was withheld, about the incident and the foreigner said it was scary but Phuket and Thailand are very beautiful and the foreign tourist will be back for sure.

After her foreign customer arrived at their destination, Ms. Ben filed a report to police with a dash cam video of the incident. Ms. Ben stated that she has all proper documentation to be a taxi driver for Bolt and has as much right as any traditional taxi driver to pick up customers.

Police are reportedly looking into the incident.

Similar incidents:

The drivers claimed the tourist’s app-hailing van driver could not pick up passengers at the port and told the tourist to drag her suitcase out of there if she intended to use app-hailing services.

Taxi drivers in Phuket are being asked by officials to be more polite after a foreign female tourist was forced out of a minivan in Phuket by drivers of other vans operating at the Phuket Rassada Port.


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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.