Taxi drivers show placards complaining about Grab, a major provider of ride-hailing services, and the government-inititated Taxi OK at the Land Transport Department on Monday. One of the placards reads: “Are foreign services really better? Thai service [Taxi OK] becomes outdated”. (Photo by Patipat Janthong) Bhumjaithai, a coalition party championing the sharing economy, has agreed to consider compensation for some 100,000 Bangkok taxi drivers to be affected by its ride-sharing legalisation policy, according to the leader of the taxi drivers in the capital.Withoon Naewpanich, chairman of the network of taxi drivers’ cooperatives in Bangkok, met Supachai Chaisamut, secretary-general of the party, on Monday afternoon. Mr Withoon said while Mr Supachai did not give him any promises since a party member has yet to be officially appointed the transport minister, the talks were promising. “Mr Supachai is confident if Bhumjaithai can push the policy, it’s willing to consider financial compensation for some 100,000 drivers,” Mr Withoon said. He added the party also promised to consider the report he brought with him. The documents involved a comparison between the traditional taxi service and mobile application-based one such as Singapore-based Grab, which found the latter charged more. The report also showed the structure… Read full this story
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