With Grab Legalization on Precipice, Taxi and Motorbike Drivers Petition Government

by Admin on June 27, 2019

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Both motorcycle taxi drivers and cabbies are petitioning the Thai government as the legalization of the ride-sharing app looks more and more likely.

Just recently, Thailand’s Department of Land Transport said that it was pushing to legalize Grab nationwide as well as looking into modifying existing regulations to bring Grab’s services under their purview.

On top of that, Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul stated that if one of their party was to head the Department of Land Transport under the new government, which appears likely, then they would also support legalizing and regulating Grab.

Paying for a ride from an unlicensed driver is illegal in Thailand, but enforcement rarely takes place, which in part has led to a huge amount of squabbles led by taxi and motorbike drivers looking to take the law into their own hands, according to Thailand attorneys.

These statements led to motorbike and traditional taxi drivers organizing demonstrations at the Department of Land Transport as well as at Bhumjaithai’s party headquarters demanding remedial measures should Grab be made legal.

The demonstrators state that the Thai government has been turning a blind eye to the illegal services offered by Grab as well as the disunity it has caused among Thais.

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