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Taxi drivers in Bangkok can now charge “handling fees” for luggage

Caitlin Ashworth

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Bangkok taxis can now start charging passengers extra for large luggage items with handling fees ranging from 20 to 100 baht per item. Under the new regulations, taxi drivers are required to tell passengers about the extra costs before the ride.

Bags larger than 26 inches will be 20 baht and items larger than 50 inches will be no more than 100 baht. Other large items like sports equipment, bicycles, surfboards or musical instruments will be no more than 100 baht. After the first 2 items, additional bags will be 20 baht each.

The Transport Ministry says people will not be charged extra for handicap equipment like wheelchairs and walking sticks. Passengers will also not be charged extra for small personal belongings like handbags, computer cases or backpacks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Mark

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    What a joke! Most taxis can only get one standard suitcase in the back of car ! Get ready for more rip offs! Fortunately there aren’t many falang for them to charge

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Under the new regulations, taxi drivers are required to tell passengers about the extra costs before the ride……..and if they don’t…….seems like another great way to attract tourists to the country to me……..now where are my peanuts for the monkeys that come up with these ingenious ideas

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    Tony Grace

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Is this a joke, They want turests back now charge the passenger and there bag to travel I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,its got to be a deliberate system to keep people from coming to Thailand,

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    Ste

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Gota let you in the counry first.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Extra for a bag, but no extra for an additional passenger.

    It doesn’t get much more stupid than that.

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      Andrew

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      I know your mentality. I’m sure you would be more than happy if three (3) passengers pay 3 fares, right?

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm

        Rather obviously you don’t “know” my mentality or very much at all.

        Are you suggesting it makes more sense to charge more for a passenger with a suitcase than for “three (3) passengers”?

        Seriously???

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    Perceville Smithers

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Most Westerners tip extra if they have excess or large pieces of luggage. Also, the drivers often struggle with just a heavy roller bag and need help handling these bags.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:45 am

    It’s already hard enough to keep taxi drivers from cheating you. Now the government goes out and creates a rule that by its very nature is designed to foster abuse and conflict. Why would you create a rule that is destined to make you look bad?

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    Bobby m

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:03 am

    The whole thing needs to be cleaned up before adding additional charges. Like dealing with those that refuse to use their meter, hiding them under a cloth. Stopping them from refusing certain journeys and all the other scams in operation. There are some rotten apples within that industry and they ruin it for the good guys.

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    MARTIN BERRY

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:44 am

    Utter madness. When the country should be looking at encouraging tourists back if/when Covid abates and they introduce this rule. I wonder who has been behind the proposal and who is profiteering from it as owner of the fleet ?1

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    DnB Head

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:57 am

    Reminds me of the 2019 charging of bags over XXkg on the return bus from Pattaya to Bangkok

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:13 am

    All looks perfectly reasonable to me. Reasonable fees for additional services. Driver is compensated for extra work and wear and tear on the car. Stop whining folks.

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      ynwaps

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Just use grab and avoid taxis.

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      Gazmo

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Let the rest of us know when you next get a taxi with a cabin case. see if the driver charges you or not on top of the extra standing charge for an airport pick up already added in. There is no extra service as the vehicle is already designed to carry you and your luggage.

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      jesus monroe

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Have you been wining and dining yourself James. This sort of thing will create conflict…….the last thing the tourists, taxi drivers and county needs.

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    David Jackson

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Poor taxi drivers…I can see the chaos already at Suvarnambhumi with arguing farangs and moody taxi drivers…”No Can Bag…No Can Bag..Bag too Big for 20 Baht….this idea will undoubtedly be scrapped.

    The entire taxi industry needs to be cleared up as, with most of Thailand, there are a multitude of grey-areas. The price is actually too low compared to most of the rest of the world so to a certain extent you can see why taxi drivers are struggling, put the price up pfficially yet jail taxi drivers refusing a meter and even add a massive fine for having a black cloth strategically placed by the said meter.

    The police should employ farangs on a no win, no fee basis where a farang requests a taxi from Nana at 2am Saturday morning, when the inevitable,”No can…no can..meter broken” comes another group of Thai police should then arrest the taxi driver and crush the vehicle in situ.. A large sign should then be affixed above the crushed vehicle in Thai saying that the taxi driver tried to rip-off a guest and has therefore lost his business.

    It’s not rocket science and the industry should be totally reformed within around 15 minutes due to the power of social media.

    QED

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    Andrew

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    I know your mentality. I’m sure you would be more than happy if three (3) passengers pay 3 fares, right?

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    John Thorpe

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    As if there isnt enough reasons to come to Thailand. Corrupt police taking bribes everything so expensive with tourist prices.

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    The Land of Smiles

    Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Oh, I see, so this is how they plan to revive the tourism industry in Thailand. Just charge tourists more. Simply brilliant! Une idée géniale, as the French say.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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