The Land Transportation Department and relevant agencies have started regulating taxi service at Don Meuang international airport to make sure that the cabbies will not take advantage on passengers especially during the rush hours when the number of taxies available is insufficient to meet demand.
Land Transport Department deputy director-general Nanthapong Cherdchu said Monday that the problem with not enough taxies to serve passengers usually occurs during the rush hours when many flights stop at Don Meuang airport within a short period of time.
He said many passengers find taxies, forcing several of them to hail taxies on Vibhavadi Rangsit highway or flock to the second floor of the airport terminal to call taxies most of which have not registered with the airport.
He pointed out that the problem stemmed from these unregistered cabbies who take advantage of the passengers by refusing to use meters, overcharging passengers and being selective of their choice of passengers.
Starting on Monday, officials of the Land Transport Department and relevant agencies will check every taxi and taxi driver who arrive at the airport to pick up passengers during the rush hours from 7 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Four cabbies were caught and fined 1,000 baht each for defying the regulation on the first day of this new move which will be introduced at Suvarnabhumi international airport a month from now.