Cabbie who chased passengers out of his car fined 3,000 baht
A Bangkok taxi driver was fined 3,000 baht on Monday and given a lecture on good manners and proper conduct for three hours for chasing two passengers out of his car, claiming he was “too lazy” to send them to their destination.
Mr Sukree Charupoom, director of land transport inspection division, said his office quickly responded to a complaint posted in the social media of two passengers who boarded a pink-white taxi on Saturday night for a ride to Ekamai.
The taxi driver switched off the meter, made a U-turn and told the passengers to get out of his car, saying he would not go to the destination. Asked why, the cabbie said he was “too lazy”, prompting a heated argument between the two parties.
Sukree said his men made a check and managed to identify the cabbie, a Mr Narongwit Pongsapung, who was summoned to the Land Transport Department on Monday.
He said the cabbie was fined 1,000 baht each for three counts of offence, namely not wearing a proper dress, not sending passengers to agreed destination and for being rude to the passengers.
He warned that the cabbie would have his driving license revoked if similar offences are repeated.
The owner of the taxi was also fined 1,000 baht for not submitting the background of Narongwit to the Land Transport Department.