App taxis must be registered: Land Transport Department

The Land Transport Department is committed to promoting the use of technology in taxi service to provide better convenience to customers, but all the taxis must be registered to make sure that they meet the safety standard, said the department chief Mr Sanit Promwong on Tuesday.

Representatives of App. Taxi operators, including Uber, are scheduled to meet with Deputy Transport Minister Pichit Akarathit, Mr Sanit and authorities concerned on March 20 at the Transport Ministry to resolve their conflict over App. Taxi service.

Mr Sanit said the department agreed with the notion that consumers should be given more options regarding public transport service, but, at the same time, the department must make sure that consumers are accorded safe service and that taxi drivers who mistreat or cheat consumers can be traced.

Hence, taxi drivers must undergo training and be subjected to stricter control than ordinary motorists.

Meanwhile, the Land Transport Department and its network of private sector are providing free checks of 20 items of cars and motorcycles as of March 13 until March 24, including brake, tyre, battery and lighting system checks.

As far as public transport is concerned, the Land Transport Department in cooperation with Transport Company, the military and vocational schools will provide free checks in accordance with a checklist to make sure that public transport are safe and the drivers are fit to drive.