Two taxi drivers in Bangkok today (Apr 3) were fined 1,000 baht each and ordered to undergo behavioral training course for three hours after they refused to accept passengers.
The two cabbies were summoned to the Land Transport Department on Tuesday to meet with the chief inspector of the department, Mr Sukree Charuphum, after they were accused by passengers of refusing to accept them.
The incident took place in front of Siam Square shopping district in Bangkok on late Monday night when it was raining. One of the passengers who was rejected by the cabbies posted in the social media, saying there were several passengers waiting for taxies and there were several taxies with the vacancy light switched on, but none of them accepted the passengers.
Mr Sukree said department inspectors managed to identify four taxies which refused to accept passengers on Monday night at Siam Square and two of them were summoned to the department for questioning.
The two cabbies reportedly claimed that they rejected the passengers because they were afraid that they might not be able to send them to their destinations because of the rains.
However, Mr Sukree said he rejected the cabbies' explanation, noting that the vacancy light of the two taxies was not switched off, indicating that they were ready to accept passengers.
He said he did not suspend the driving licenses of the two cabbies because it was their first offence. However, he warned that if similar offence was repeated within a month, they might have their driving licenses nullified permanently.
As for the other two taxies that refused to accept passengers on the same night, they will be summoned to the department for questioning tomorrow.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)