A Russian tourist was taken to a police station in Phuket for questioning after local taxi drivers reported the man was driving around the island province, claiming he was picking up passengers. The tourist was only driving his family members, but the car he rented ended up being registered as a company vehicle. The owner of the vehicle and the tourist had to pay a fine of 1,000 baht.
The car had a green license plate, intended for service vehicles, such as taxis. When local taxi drivers saw the car full of passengers with a foreign man at the wheel, some assumed he was paid to drive people. Following complaints from local taxi drivers that the foreigner was taking away their livelihood, the tourist and the car owner were invited by the tourist police from the Patong Provincial Police Station and officers from the Department of transportation from Phuket to report for questioning.
Reports say the tourist had just rented the car for a day, promising to return it at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The tourist had an international driving license and was using the car for a family trip. Since the car was registered for use as a service vehicle and not for rental, the driver and owner had to pay a fine of 1,000 baht.
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