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Taxis drivers top list of public transport offenders

Mar 19. 2017
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By The Nation

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Taxis were found to be involved in the most number of offences last month among all public transport vehicles. 

The findings were based on the Land Transport Department’s checks on 15,114 public transport vehicles in February covering taxis, motorcycle taxis and vans. 

“There were 678 offenders, of which 512 were taxi drivers,” Department director-general Sanit Promwong said on Sunday. 

Of the 7,302 taxis checked, the 512 were found to have violated traffic laws. Common offences were meter problems, use of unlicensed vehicles, failure to display licence, and the refusal to take passengers.

Of the 6,983 public transport vans checked, 101 had violated traffic laws, mostly related to speeding. Of 859 motorcycle taxis checked, 65 had committed offences. 

Sanit said the offenders were fined and sent for training to correct their behaviour. Repeated offences would lead to them losing their driving licence. 

“If you have complaints about public transport, you can call us at 1584 around the clock,” Sanit said.

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