Police seeking ways to resolve motorbike taxi wars in Pattaya

Pol. Lt. Col. Arut Sapanon, Inspector of Traffic Division is in charge of resolving the on-going problem between regular and app-based Pattaya motorbike taxis.

Following a conflict between a motorcycle taxi driver and a Bolt ride-hailing service driver that escalated into a physical altercation on Pattaya-Naklua Road on June 3, Pol. Lt. Col. Arut Sapanon, Inspector of Traffic Division said that as part of the long-term solution, the Pattaya police will send a letter to relevant agencies to convene meetings and discuss fundamental regulations and guidelines for both motorcycle taxi drivers and Bolt drivers. He stressed that to resolve this issue, it is essential for both parties to comply with the law.

Pol. Col. Arut said that Pattaya police together with the Chonburi Provincial Transport Department are conducting joint operations to crack down on illegal taxi services and checking for proper licences. Vehicles must display yellow license plates, and drivers must possess valid public driving licenses. He added that intensified inspections will be conducted throughout the city.

Prior to the recent escalation of violent conflicts, authorities had invited representatives from both sides to engage in discussions and find a peaceful resolution. In cases where police complaints were filed, both parties were encouraged to negotiate and follow legal procedures.

Regarding the on-going case involving the Bolt driver and regular motorbike taxis near the Lumpini Wong Amat condominium on Pattaya-Naklua Road, police are currently investigating and searching for the perpetrators. Furthermore, the media has obtained clear CCTV footage capturing the assault by Bolt drivers on two regular motorbike taxi drivers, providing additional evidence for the investigation.

CCTV footage capturing the assault by the Bolt drivers on the two regular motorbike taxi drivers.