Taxi fares poised to be raised by December


BANGKOK, 7 October 2014 Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong revealed that the ministry is set to adjust the taxi fare system by the end of this week.

ACM Prajin has also invited taxi operators to a meeting in order to create understanding and reach mutual agreement about the new fare rates, which is expected to be applied by December of this year.

He said that should the taxi operators accept the condition to improve the quality of service, it would take the ministry approximately 45 days to inspect every taxi vehicle in service. ACM Prajin stated that the fares would be priced more relatively according to the distance and to help taxi operators earn an income of more than 300 baht per day.

Taxi drivers will be also required to improve their driving etiquette in order to meet the safety standards and ensure that their vehicles are clean enough for servicing passengers as well. If they pass the inspection test, then a sticker will be issued and placed on their vehicles.

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Mr. Akom Termpittayapaisit declared that a new meter system would also be put in place based on four factors. Those factors include the cost of capital for taxi operators, taxi drivers’ income levels, consumer expenses, and quality of service