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Airport limo operators slam “black’ taxis

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PHUKET AIRPORT: Legitimate limousine operators fed up with illegal “black taxis” taking business from them at the airport protested today to the Phuket office of the Airports Authority of Thailand (AAT). Representatives of the Phuket Limousine and Business Service Cooperative Ltd (PBC), led by Vitoon Sae’iw, the organization’s secretary, presented the AAT with a video that they said shows the black taxis at work, and the aggressiveness of the touts working for them. The cooperative has also sent copies of the video and complaint letter to the Ta Chat Chai Police, the Governor of Phuket and the Phuket Provincial Transportation Office. The PBC, which has 71 members with 85 cars, pays just under 450,000 baht a month for an exclusive concession to carry passengers to and from the airport. But now, said K. Vitoon, there are 34 black taxis operating illegally at the airport. He alleged, “These taxi operators are backed up by the members of the Tambon Saku Administrative Council (OrBorTor). “We have to pay a concession to the Phuket AAT. We follow all the AAT regulations, including wearing uniforms, organizing queues, collecting money, using only white limousines with a PBC symbol, and having proper insurance coverage. “But the black taxis don’t follow any rules, and this creates a bad image and confusion among tourists.” He said that touts for the black taxis routinely “steal” customers from the PBC by offering them fares that are much lower. But in many cases, when the customer goes to the car, he finds that the driver isn’t willing to go at the agreed price. The customer then expects PBC to take him at the low price. “This makes it very confusing for the customers,” said K. Vitoon. The PBC has been complaining about the problem since last year, he said, “but they have done nothing, even though we pay them money every month.” Charn Jeamjaroen, deputy director of the Phuket AAT, told the Gazette that he was waiting for his superior, Suthara Huangsuwan, to return from Bangkok next week. “After that, we will discuss this problem with the Phuket Provincial Office and the Phuket Provincial Transportation Office to try to resolve it. “We have tried to look into this problem before, but the black taxis continue to operate illegally,” said K. Charn. “We can’t manage the transportation system ourselves, so it’s difficult to have a good operation,” he added.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

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