Motorcycle-taxi driver brings government wrath down on coworkers with online vest sale offer

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Pattaya motorcycle taxi driver Pornthep Jampangam was arrested for allegedly trying to sell his licensed vest on Facebook for 120,000 baht.
Pattaya motorcycle taxi driver Pornthep Jampangam was arrested for allegedly trying to sell his licensed vest on Facebook for 120,000 baht.

A Pattaya motorcycle taxi driver was arrested for allegedly trying to sell his licensed vest on Facebook for 120,000 baht.

Banglamung-based National Council for Peace and Order officers, Pattaya police and Chonburi Land Transport Department officials swooped down on the motorcycle-taxi stand outside the White Rose Mansion on Soi Yensabai Jan. 19.

Driver Pornthep Jampangam, 39, was taken into custody for posting the ad, offering his vest, which he claimed would earn people 1,000 baht a day in earnings.

He confessed to police that he’d been driving a motorcycle taxi for 10 years and wanted to retire and wanted to sell the vest to have money to go back home.

While they were there, land transport officials checked Pornthep’s 13 co-workers and found they were using the wrong type of motorcycles, weren’t dressed properly and other offenses. All were sent to the Banglamung District office for corrective action and training.

Department inspector Wasu Mongkolkaew said the LTD works strenuously to keep corruption out of the motorcycle taxi business which is why selling registered vests and licenses is outlawed. He said the entire motorcycle kiosk may be shut down and the drivers suspended.