Airport taxi driver fined 3,000 baht for overcharging Swiss passenger

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The taxi driver who overcharged a Swiss executive for 6,000 baht on the ride from Suvarnabhumi airport to hotel on Sathorn road was today fined 3,000 baht and had his public transport driving licence revoked.

Pipatpol Jaikham, 57, driver of the yellow-green colour taxi bearing licence plate “มฉ936”, claimed he did not  overcharge the Swiss passenger saying it was the consent of the passenger to pay 600 baht for the ride.

However he said it was the passenger himself who drew out six 1,000 baht banknotes and handed over to him.

He claimed it was him that decided to go back to the hotel to return the rest to him.

But according to a transport officer, the driver had a past record of overcharging passenger on January 3 this year.

As a result, he was fined 3,000 baht and had his public transport driving licence revoked.

However the driver could appeal to the Land Transport Department within 15 days, the officer said.

The transport department launched an investigation after the overcharging of a Swiss president went viral on the social media after a Thai executive of Car Lack Thai German Co Ltd posted on Facebook revealing the airport taxi overcharging his guest.

He said he felt very embarrassed by the conduct of  the airport taxi driver who did not regard the image of the country.

His posting promoted the Land Transport to investigate.