Pattaya fails at quelling Bali Hai taxi chaos

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Videos popped up online of bus and taxi drivers shouting, fighting and threatening each other, tourists cowering and traffic gridlocked by cars, trucks and buses parked in no-parking zone.
Videos popped up online of bus and taxi drivers shouting, fighting and threatening each other, tourists cowering and traffic gridlocked by cars, trucks and buses parked in no-parking zone.

A meeting aimed at ending the public-transport chaos at Bali Hai Pier failed, with evidence quickly emerging online that nothing has changed.

Officials held a meeting with bus, taxi, motorcycle and baht bus drivers to end illegal parking and vigorous competition for customers that led to arguments that frightened tourists.

Police were told to aggressively patrol and monitor parking and public-transport operators, but videos quickly popped up online of bus and taxi drivers shouting and threatening each other, tourists cowering and traffic gridlocked by cars, trucks and buses parked in no-parking zones.

It’s back to the drawing board for Pattaya City Hall, which is being compared poorly against the military which last year clamped down on the transport chaos.