Rassada Pier taxis questioned over taxi mafia incident


After a row involving tourists clumsily prevented by the so-called ‘taxi mafia’ from using a van ride they ordered, police got involved to question the drivers and assess the claims. The confrontation took place at Rassada pier in Phuket on Friday, with three tourists and one tourist caught in the middle.

The travelers had just returned from Koh Phi Phi just after 10am and opted not to use their transport from the stand at the pier, apparently after the word ‘mafia’ was used in relation to the taxis that used it there. tail.

After boarding a van 50 meters away, which police now confirm was ordered via a ride-sharing mobile app, an enraged taxi driver stepped in front of the vehicle to block it and demanded that passengers get out and take a dock taxi, which the surprised tourists did.

The 37-year-old who blocked young tourists said he was not part of a taxi mafia, but rather the Ratsada VIP Group is an alliance of taxi drivers with its seating area at the pier , consisting of premises.

The Phuket Land Transport Office pledged to question the two drivers, particularly the one who stopped the van, noting that the man “did a threatening or intimidating manner which damages the image of tourism”. In the presence of the PLTO, the two taxi drivers showed up at the Phuket police station at 9.30am yesterday to discuss the incident.

A police report identified the van driver as a 45-year-old man who confirmed he had secured a booking to pick up tourists via a mobile app, although the driver was not named. The driver who blocked his van had railed against mobile apps claiming to steal their customers by offering lower fares that aren’t always legal.

He reportedly questioned police whether the van using the mobile app broke any laws or regulations by picking up tourists. The PLTO confirmed that the van was licensed and registered to operate legally as a commercial van.

Police and PLTO were most concerned about claims of a taxi mafia operating now that the story has gained widespread attention with online users frequently discussing the term “mafia”. They also pointed out that if the angry taxi driver’s action of blocking the van was upheld as a legal offense that harmed the van driver, or the reputation of Thailand and Phuket overall, he could do face legal consequences, including the suspension of his licence.

THE SOURCE: Phuket News


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