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Unions of Thai Taxi workers and Thai automobile drivers have handed over an official request to a government labour committee to file a request to the government seeking financial support.

Thai Taxi workers passed over their requests to Suthep Yoo-on, the chairman of the Labour Committee officially seeking industry support.

Just about all sectors of the country’s transport infrastructure have suffered a fallout from the lockdowns and border closures. Certainly they’ve missed the cream that came from the 40 or so million tourists that arrived back in 2019 (seems a distant memory now).

All sectors of the country’s transport infrastructure have suffered… from the trains, buses, aviation…. to the local taxis, motorcycle taxis and tuk tuks. Even the canal boats around Bangkok’s khlongs, the BTS and MRT, have seen drops in patronage due to the lack of customers and people simply wanting to stay away from crowds of people as the government keeps promoting social distancing as part of its public health offensive against the coronavirus.

Of course these workers are not alone in seeing a big drop off in business but they maintain they are a vital part of the network that connects people and businesses.

The Taxi workers, battling to pay their local instalments for their vehicles asked the committee to discuss debt moratoriums to ease the burden whilst Thailand waits for the tourism sector to reboot, or at least until the situation improves.

Automobile workers were also asking for 3,500 baht support for at least 5 months.

According to the labour committee, they’ve already sent the requests to the CCSA and parliamentary committees. But the government is yet to respond or define any concrete measures. The drivers are part of a longer queue of transportation industry sectors seeking relief from the government whilst the country battles along without tourists. Thailand’s aviation sector has been critically hit by the second wave of Covid 19 and the restrictions imposed since it kicked off in Samut Sakhon on December 20 and since spread to almost all corners of the country.

Around Bangkok drivers have been reporting a big drop in passenger traffic and many of the city’s bottlenecks are visibly quieter than in the pre-Covid era. Around the main tourist traps the drop off in passengers has been up to 90%, according to some of the drivers.

The Labour Committee is currently following up on the requests and hopeful that the government will soon have a contingency plan for every worker in the transport sector.

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    Mark

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    It’s the best time to get a taxi some not all have been ripping people off for the last 15years what comes around goes around .

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      Matt

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      So now the taxi drivers have no one to extort they are struggling. But yet they still see a farang who obviously lives here and want to charge double rate. They are architects of their own downfall

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    Livinthedream

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Do the demand and supply basic economic rules apply to Thailand? Less customers, should lower the prices mai?
    Does anybody here know this, how about a Chula graduate?

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    Ynwaps

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Just ask grab to help them

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    They had it coming. I used to try to flag down taxis in Bangkok but none would stop.
    They did not want to stop and engage their meter.
    Same in Pattaya no meter. They wanted an agreed fare. An expensive fare.
    Starve you bar stewards.
    The fist economy when money is tight is taxis.
    Hundreds are parked up in London because they cannot make a living.
    Alas shining the seat of their trousers does not pay anymore.
    Tragic!!

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    J Rimmer

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    What goes around comes around . Greedy robbers

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      Andrew

      Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Yeah. 3km trip to Pattaya bus station…200 baht. As that friendly woman-driver told me…sorry, we are controlled by…mafia. Amazing Thailand.

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    Mel Burn

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Almost every time I get a taxi, the driver turns the meter on. Sometimes they ask for a set price, which is pretty close to the metered one.

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    Dave

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 4:47 am

    In every walk of life, why is it always the smaller minority of bad ones who ruin it for the larger majority of good ones?

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    Ian

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Som nom na

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    J West

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    It’s really hard to feel any sympathy for the people and businesses that have in the past celebrated ripping off the traveling public and disrespecting the foreign guests who reside here. Thai might take a moment of introspection of the benefit we brought to this country just in the past thirty years. Foreigners have contributed and exponentially improved the lives of many millions, just ask Grandma.

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    Per Nilsen

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    It’s time to let them sweat! Ripping off tourists for years and years ?

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    Vladislav Kryuchkov

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Agree

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