DLT recommends 6 ride-hailing apps to order a motorbike taxi in Thailand

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One of the fastest and most convenient ways to get around Thailand is by motorbike taxi, and Grab isn’t the only option. The Department of Land Transport (DLT) recommends ordering a motorbike taxi (“Win”) safely and legally using six mobile applications.

The DLT has certified six applications providing motorbike taxi services so far, reports BangkokBizNews

  1. Hello Phuket Service
  2. Bonku
  3. Asia Cab
  4. Robinhood
  5. Grab
  6. AirAsia Superapp

The list suggests that the popular ride-hailing app Bolt, often providing cheaper rides than Grab, is not certified by the DLT as a safe and legal option.

Sometimes, motorbike taxi drivers ordered through an app might be wearing an orange jacket if they also work as public motorbike taxi drivers. However, not all will be wearing one.

Anyone worried that a Win driver parked on the street is not legitimate might feel reassured by using a ride-hailing application knowing that the taxi driver has had their license, ID, and other documents verified.

Not all Win drivers carry spare helmets so it is recommended to take your helmet with you on your motorbike taxi ride to protect your skull in the case of an accident.

Low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia debuted its “super app” in May last year, providing a variety of services including ride-hailing, flight reservations, and food ordering. The app hoped to compete with the likes of Grab, which, however, still dominate the industry one year on.

Last week, Grab relaunched its Grab Premium services with ‘The Ultimate 5 Senses Experience,’ in collaboration with Spotify and Chol Aromatique. This strategic move is aimed at creating an impressive user experience through an astonishing ambience appealing to all five senses, targeting urban people – especially white-collar workers and foreign tourists – who are eager for premium and extraordinary travel experiences.

During the Songkran holidays, police arrested 30 Win drivers in Bangkok for a range of offences including overcharging among other traffic violations. Passengers – especially foreign tourists – can avoid getting overcharged by using the six aforementioned ride-hailing apps for motorbike taxis.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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