Cab fares, airport surcharge set to increase in September


Thailand’s Ministry of Transport has given approval for cab fares to increase in Bangkok and its suburbs starting in September.

Read Taxi Fares Hike Approved from 35 baht to 45 baht

Cab fares in Bangkok and its outlying districts will increase next month after the Ministry of Transport gave its approval.

Saksayam Chidchob, the new Transport Minister of Thailand, held a meeting with representatives of four taxi groups and officials of the Land Transport Department on 7 August, to talk about the taxi drivers appeal of modifying existing taxi fares. According to them, the cost of fuel continues to rise and taxi fares have remained stagnant for years.

Flag fall of 35 baht will remain unchanged but the proposal of the Land Transport Department has been agreed by all that:

1-10 kilometers 5.50 baht up to 6.50 baht per kilometer
10-20 up from 6.50 to 7
20-40 up from 7.50 to 8
40-60 up from 8 to 8.50
From 60 – 80 and from 80 up the fares will stay at 9 baht and 10.50 respectively.

Taxis caught in a traffic jam and can travel not more than 6 km/hour, will result in a fare increase of one baht for every minute stuck in traffic.

The modified fare rates are expected to come into effect one month from now on the condition that the Land Transport Department develops an application to accommodate the cancellation of Taxi OK service to cut costs, Thai PBS reported.

An increase of surcharge for taxies at Suvarnabhumi international airport from 50 to 70 baht for ordinary taxies and 90 baht for large taxies has also been agreed. Airports of Thailand Pcl has been assigned to publicize the new taxi rates, the report said.

Daily News reported that two 26 inch size bags will be carried free but passengers will be charged a levy of 20 baht each for subsequent bags.

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