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Pattaya threats of violence against Uber driver

May 04. 2017
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By The Nation

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Conflicts between Uber drivers and traditional public-transport drivers continue as two more cases were recently reported in Chon Buri’s Pattaya City.

In the first case, a video clip on social media showed an Uber driver picking up a passenger near the Sanctuary of Truth attraction in Soi Na Klua 12. The driver allegedly threatened to shoot the Uber driver if he returned to the area.

In a second case, 20 Pattaya taxis chased after a Thai woman who picked up a foreigner in front of Central Marina mall. They wanted to confront her as they thought she was an Uber driver. However, she was a real-estate agent who was picking up a Chinese national to view a Pattaya condominium. 

Muang Pattaya superintendent Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphetch said on Thursday that the taxi drivers could be punished for illegal detention if the plaintiff pressed charges, so people should be calm and alert police about Uber drivers instead. 

A meeting will be held of agencies and business operators on Friday to find a solution to the issue, he said.

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