Suvarnabhumi Airport to stamp out rogue taxi drivers


BANGKOK, 23 September 2011 -The Airports of Thailand (AoT) Public Company Limited has boasted its security measure against illegal taxi drivers around Suvarnabhumi Airport by holding a seminar for police, hoping their operation would stamp out rogue taxi drivers completely.

With a new batch of police force who came to work at the airport since 2 July this year, training was necessary to prepare them to work on the airport compound, which is in a commercial and transport environment. The seminar was held yesterday to assure the efficiency of the operation and to make sure AoT staff and the police officers are working in the same direction.

Other efforts by the AoT include signs and posters to remind passengers or tourists to use the taxi service in the designated zone outside of the passenger terminal on the ground floor. The record on taxi drivers and destinations will be kept each time the passenger is using the service for easy tracking.

Tourists are warned not to trust anyone who approach them and claim to provide a taxi service as they are not registered taxi drivers. Since 2009, 8 suspects have been arrested where 5 of them have already been jailed.

To prevent illegal taxi drivers, the AoT has also forced any sign holders to get their signs inspected and approved under a precautionary measure to prevent a rogue business operation from preying on the tourists.

In addition, a new technology will be introduced in the near future in which the vehicle’s license will be examined. Those that are not authorized vehicles will be notified to authorities.