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    Taxi Apps Legalised | Fares from 40 THB

    Taxi hailing apps, with fares starting at 40 THB have now been officially approved for use in Thailand, having received the sign off by Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob. The new ruling allows companies to apply for permissions to operate using mobile apps, subject to a 30-day trial period.

    The Minister expects 10,000 taxis of up to 7 passenger capacity to be signed up for the programme and available in Bangkok. Taxis will be categorised into 3 different vehicle types from small taxi cars to large taxi vans with travel rates priced accordingly.

    For the cheapest taxi option, rates will start at 40 to 45 THB for the first 2 kilometres and then will charge between 6 and 10 THB for each additional kilometre. Midrange taxis will start at 45 to 50 THB with 7 to 12 baht per kilometres after the first 2 kilometres. The largest taxi size will have pickup fees that include the first 2 kilometres priced at 100 to 150 THB, with additional kilometres costing 12 to 16 THB each.

    To avoid price gouging, hailing charges to order or flag down the taxi has been limited to 20 THB maximum. Waiting or idling in traffic will be charged at a rate of 2 THB per minute as well.

    The plan says that when a user orders a ride through a taxi hailing app, first priority will be given to public taxis followed by second priority to environmentally-friendly vehicles. Motorbike taxis are hoped to be added to the programme in the near future.

    In order for companies to join, they must have registered capital of more than 5 million baht, a qualified business within Thailand, operate 24 hours a day, and must have never had GPS permissions revoked by providers. Companies that have expressed interest already and qualify for these restrictions include GrabTaxi, Robinhood (Purpil Venture Co), Delivery Hero/Food Panda, Velox Digital (Gojek) and Lineman.
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    2022 New Taxi Fares in Bangkok

    The Ministry of Transport yesterday approved a motion to increase taxi fares in Bangkok after recent protests by the capital’s cab drivers. The new fares are expected to come into operation in the next two weeks.
    The Transport Ministry announced a month ago that taxi fares in Thailand would be increased after eight years of stagnation. The department of transport made the price increase conditional – taxi drivers must improve their service and avoid refusing to serve passengers.

    More than 200 taxi drivers gathered in front of the Transport Ministry office yesterday morning to demand an answer on the fare increases as there had been no development for a month. Last month taxi associations asked the government to increase the standard fare rates. Drivers asked for the basic fee to start at 45 THB for 1,600 to 1,800cc taxis and 50 THB for 2,000cc taxis and above.

    At the moment, basic fares for every taxi in Thailand start at 35 THB. A journey between 2 to 10 kilometres costs 5.5 THB per kilometre, and a journey between 11 to 20 kilometres onwards costs 6.5 THB kilometre)
    The advisor to the Minister of Transport, Wirut Pimpanit, met with four taxi associations yesterday afternoon. Wirut told the associations that the government could not increase the fares they proposed but would compromise. The meeting concluded in an agreement on the new rising price stated below:

    1,600 to 1,800 cc taxi cars: The basic fee starts at 35 THB | 2,000 cc taxi cars: The basic fare starts at 40 THB
    • A journey from 2 to 10 kilometres costs 6.5 THB/kilometre
    • A journey from 11 to 20 kilometres costs 7 THB/kilometre
    • A journey from 21 to 40 kilometres costs 8 THB/kilometre
    • A journey from 41 to 60 kilometres costs 8.5 THBt/kilometre
    • A journey from 61 to 80 kilometres costs 9 THB/kilometre
    • A journey from 81 kilometres onwards costs 10.5 THB/kilometre

    In traffic jams or in case taxi cars travel less than six kilometres per hour, the cost will be 3 THB minute, up 1 THB.

    The new fares will come into effect November 25.2022

    Wirut reported that the new fares will apply to about 80,000 taxis in Bangkok only.

    For taxis in other provinces, the ministry said it would consider fare prices according to the cost of living and the consumer price index (CPI) in each area, especially in touristy areas like Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Phuket.

    Wirut warned taxi drivers to maintain high service standards and stop refusing passengers. If any negligent drivers are discovered abusing their position, they would face severe penalties under the law. Their driving score will be cut, and their license might be suspended or revoked.