On November 10th, Pol. Gen. Pichit Kuandechakoop – a member of the Police Commission, Kanok Siripanichkorn – Head of Phuket Transportation Office, and Setthasak Buason – Chairman of a proposed cooperative establishment for public transport, met with Phuket Governor Tri Akaradecha, to discuss how to encourage more orderly taxi car operations in Phuket.
Kanok said about 500 unlicensed taxis have got together to form a cooperative club and request permission from the authorities to be licensed to give services to clients legally. They hope that the move would improve the services standard in term of fares and stands for pick up and drop off such as in front of hotels. He further stated that after the members get green number plates, then the fares will be charged by meters.
Setthasak said that there were a lot of car owners who wanted to be members of the club. He said that this would lead to solutions to solve unfair taxi rates and problems among taxi drivers in Patong and Kamala in the future, and later the rest of the island.