The taxi drivers’ associations have expressed their determination to continue their campaign for an increase in taxi fares despite the breakdown of its recent negotiations with the Department of Land Transport (DLT).
At their September 13 meeting, the associations proposed to the DLT to raise the starting price of taxi fares to 45 baht for small taxis and 50 baht for large taxis. The departure fee will cover the first kilometer (km) of the trip, with the fare charging 10 baht/km between 2 and 20 kilometers. The rate will then increase to 11 bahts/km between 21 and 30 kilometers, 12 bahts/km between 31 and 40 kilometers, and 13 bahts/km for longer journeys.
Sadit Chaithiang, chairman of the Thailand Association of Public Taxis, announced after the meeting that the first round of negotiations had not yielded any positive results and that the next meeting would be held in October. He underscored the need to increase taxi fares, saying the increase in fees would enable taxi drivers, whose income had been affected by the pandemic, to cope with rising expenses, especially the prices of l ‘essence.
Sadit also mentioned the DLT public hearing, saying the majority of participants supported the increase.
The hearing is now being held offline and online by the Department of Transport to gather public comment on the matter. The government has also tasked the DLT with determining an acceptable taxi fare structure for taxi drivers and passengers before the end of the year. (NNT)