Ministry asks Uber to stop services temporarily pending 6-12 months study

The Ministry of Transport has asked Uber Thailand to halt its taxi service temporarily pending a comparative study of the taxi service via mobile applications in other countries.

The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Somsak Hommuang said the ministry is in the process of hiring an experienced company to conduct study of the use of  mobile technology in calling taxi service.

He said the ministry needs to know everything from the standards of vehicles to be used, supervision of drivers, service users, as well as taxation with comparison with services in other countries which such services are in operation, such as in Malaysia and Singapore.

He said the study will take 6-12 months so as to see to it whether existing laws needed to be revised or not, or a new pattern of passenger service is necessary.

During the study period, he said the ministry would seek cooperation from Uber to stop service temporarily.