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Uber banned in Thailand, officials to heavily fine drivers

Thailand's Department of Land Transport has announced that Uber is operating illegally. Bangkok Post reports that the department has issued a statement that says Uber drivers will be faced with heav

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Thailand’s Department of Land Transport has announced that Uber is operating illegally. Bangkok Post reports that the department has issued a statement that says Uber drivers will be faced with heavy fines for using improper cars, as well as fare structures.

After this story broke out, Uber Bangkok issued a statement where they ask for an opportunity to engage with the authorities and understand the transportation ecosystem of Thailand. Below is the full statement:

Uber is a technology company whose smartphone application connects riders and drivers at the tap of a button, facilitating a great service experience. In more than 250 cities around the world, Uber is bringing safety, reliability and convenience to millions of riders, while creating economic opportunities for hundreds of thousands of driver-partners. We respect and welcome the opportunity to engage with the relevant authorities to help them better understand the value we bring to the transportation ecosystem of Thailand.

In the report, Department of Land Transport director-general Teerapong Rodprasert claims that Uber vehicles are improperly registered, charge fares that are not in line with regulated rates, they utilize drivers without the proper licenses and discriminate against customers without credit cards.

Furthermore, he said that Uber is improperly using cars with green-lettered license plates – similar to airport limousines – and personal vehicles with black-lettered plates. Thus the drivers were using the cars in a manner contrary to that stated in their registrations.

Thailand’s DLT has launched a crackdown on Uber drivers, saying those stopped by police could be fined 2,000 baht for using the wrong vehicle, 1,000 baht for not charging approved fares and 1,000 baht for not having a public-vehicle driver’s license.

Rodprasert also raised eyebrows on credit card only method of payment, as the department has concerns about transaction security.

Meanwhile, Uber today voluntarily abandoned operations in Nevada after a court order blocking the ride-service was issued as the company was violating several state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services.

  • Published Date: November 29, 2014 2:59 PM IST