Transport Department continues strict safety measures for passengers


BANGKOK– The Department of Land Transport continues to strictly apply precautionary measures to public transport service providers to enhance the safety of passengers.

Inspectors have been sent out to different public transport queues and stations around the capital city to assess the standards of vehicles and drivers. The Department of Land Transport has since February inspected more than 15,000 taxicabs, motorcycles and passenger vans.


More than 600 drivers have been fined for violating laws and have to take road ethics and safety lessons. Repeat offenders will lose their driving licenses. The Department of Land Transport is also keeping a close watch on unlicensed service providers who use private cars as public transport vehicles.

Passengers are advised against unlicensed taxicabs since the drivers have yet to obtain public transport licenses and undergo a criminal record check as stipulated by the department. Users of illegal taxis do not have the right to legal protection in the event of an accident, as the type of vehicle does not comply with the departments requirements.

Any person being treated unfairly by a service provider can call 1584 for help round the clock.

  • Malcolm Rowe

    Passengers are advise to not use unlicensed taxicabs, and how are they supposed to know which are licensed? i’ve been here 3 years and don’t know how to tell so how is someone coming for a 2 week holiday going to know??? The whole point of a government is to ensure things are done legally and ensure the safety of nationals and visitors, they should e cracking down and prosecuting unlicensed taxicabs to the point where they won’t dare do it again, not the measly 1000b fines they dish out normally, make it a 50,000b fine and second offence 6 months in jail!

    • le chef

      yes how do we know what is a legal taxi — cmon please tell us

  • le chef

    can the DoLT tell me if pattayas motorbike taxis are legal because if not i have no chance of being covered by insurance – also if they are illegal why are they still allowed to operate