Thailand approves personal motor vehicles to offer taxi or taxi services online

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Mr Saksayam said personal motor vehicles can be registered for online ridesharing services while the Land Transport Department (DLT) will now seek the opinions of various parties involved and, in 30 days, announce criteria for support service providers and applications will be used for the service.

Thailand’s Ministry of Transport reported that a ministerial regulation, covering online carpooling services, was announced in the Royal Gazette, making the rules enforceable.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said that according to regulations, personal motor vehicles can be registered for online ridesharing services. The Department of Land Transportation (DLT) will now seek input from the various parties involved and, in 30 days, announce the criteria for supporting the service providers and the applications that will be used for the service.

He said the regulations will help people make the most of their resources, in line with the principle of the sharing economy. People will be allowed to use their personal vehicles to provide public transport services, as an alternative to taxis. Each person is only allowed to register one personal vehicle and the driver must be equipped with electronic communication systems approved by the DLT.

For small and medium-sized cars, the starting price is no more than 50 baht for the first two kilometers, and no more than 12 baht for each kilometer driven. For larger vehicles, the starting price is no more than 200 baht for the first two kilometers and no more than 30 baht for each kilometer driven. (NNT)


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