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Tuk-Tuk Driver's Rip-Off Lands Him a Fine and License Suspension


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4 hours ago, HappyExpat57 said:

Whatever happened to "Whatever the market will bear?" Are the prices posted ANYWHERE? Let the buyer beware.

Yup. And the Japanese tourists are entitled to moan online about their experience and then maybe future tourists will not use tuk tuk at all because they will be aware.

 

Hows your free market then?

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

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In a recent crackdown on overcharging, a tuk-tuk driver has been fined 2,500 baht and had his driver’s license suspended for 90 days.

 

This came after he was found guilty of charging four Japanese tourists an exorbitant fare of 6,000 baht for a brief journey from Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 18 to Thaniya Plaza in Silom on the 13th of May.

 

The incident came to light when one of the tourists shared their unfortunate experience on social media, drawing widespread ridicule and anger towards the driver, known as "Phumiret." The post quickly garnered attention, prompting officials from the Land Transport Department to investigate.

 

Through meticulous inspection of the tuk-tuk's ownership and license number, authorities identified the driver and summoned him for questioning.

 

 

 

During the inquiry, Phumiret confessed to the overcharging, mentioning that the high fare was due to heavy rainfall at the time.

 

As a consequence, the Land Transport Department fined him 2,000 baht for overcharging and an additional 500 baht for improper attire. Moreover, his driver’s license has been suspended for three months.

 

To top it off, he has been mandated to complete a three-hour public service course.

 

This incident serves as a stern reminder to all tuk-tuk drivers about adhering to fair pricing and maintaining professional standards, as authorities continue to crack down on such exploitative practices.

 

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Hefty fine, indeed 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Through meticulous inspection of the tuk-tuk's ownership and license number, authorities identified the driver and summoned him for questioning.

Yea gods man do you know what you've done to the image of Thailand...

We'll fine you less than the sum of the fare you took and stop you from working legally for 90 days.

Let that be a lesson.

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5 hours ago, brianthainess said:

 

So he is still 3,500b up. No mention of the tourists getting their 6K back. init

reminds me of the bird seed sellers at TP gate as the chinese clamour over these filthy flying rats......the income beats the fines.......same with the tuk tuk mafia........pain is the motivator...

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2 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

Thieves in Thailand never have to pay the money back.....just look at the hi-so lot....scam millions and have you ever hear of the money being returned?

"Thieves in Thailand never have to pay the money back.."

Cobblers.  Have you never read any of the frequent reports of tens of millions of baht being seized from criminals and scammers?  

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Is it me, or are we observing recently, on Aseannow, a shift from Farang offenders to Thai crooks and rapists.

 

Interestingly none of the latter gets the beating some of those poor Swiss, Kiwi, etc. got

 

This guy should be banned from any activity involving services to foreigners, and that under a suspended 5 years prison sentence.

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As others have pointed out - so the TukTuk driver is 3500 baht up then... Winner for him !!!... 

 

And he'll be back in his TukTuk tomorrow - they should have confiscated it for 90 days... 

 

But, then he'll have no money and have to turn to something else to make ends meet - its difficult to practically penalise someone (theoretically) so poor without pushing them into 'other crime'...

 

What of the Japanese guys - 6000 baht for a TukTuk fare is ridiculous - can't believe they paid it.

 

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6 hours ago, HappyExpat57 said:

Whatever happened to "Whatever the market will bear?" Are the prices posted ANYWHERE? Let the buyer beware.

 

A fundamentally flawed model...   becuase they (the taxi's and TukTuks) all get into cahoots and fix their fares illegally high.

 

Leaving the Rajamangla stadium last month - Every single taxi we asked wanted a 1000 baht flat fare...  TukTuks wanted the same.

(No Grab or Bolt available)...    The Grab to the venue was less than 100 Baht. 

 

We refused to pay and went and had a late bite to eat - then called a Grab an hour later.

 

 

These guys are all scammers & rip off merchants.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

high fare was due to heavy rainfall at the time.

 

If true an open air tuk tuk would not be a choice for travel. More likely a taxi. Especially if there is a air pollution alert and/or high temperature. 

No where do these tourists mention negotiating the fare or even establishing the fare before traveling. Tuk tuks don't use meters. Seems to me these Japanese tourists were culturally dependent on Japanese travel means such to expect without inquiry the cost of the trip to be fair to whatever would have been expected in Japan. 

 

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