By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer
BANGKOK — Taxi drivers who refuse to take passengers could lose their licenses for up to 30 days.
Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said Friday he was toying with the idea in response to one of Bangkok’s most intractable taxi complaints of drivers flatly refusing to pick up passengers whose destinations don’t agree with them.
Prayuth said the idea of revoking a driver’s license for 15 to 30 days would make the drivers afraid of repeating such an offense again.
“If the violation is severe then their license should be confiscated,” he said. “This is what the people want.”
Refusing a fare is an illegal and punishable offense, but that doesn’t stop it from being regular practice in the capital city.
Over the years, numerous threats, crackdowns, lectures and passenger complaint channels have failed to end the practice. Exactly one year ago the junta hosted a photo-op of 100 taxi drivers putting stickers in their windows saying "Go Anywhere – No Rejections" to fix the problem.
Meanwhile two-wheeled taxi alternative GrabBike has been shut down by transportation officials who said it was operating illegally and introduced unfair competition to the transportation sector.
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