149 Tuk Tuk Drivers & Touts Arrested Around The Grand Palace

Published on 17th June 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Tuk Tuk Drivers Touts Arrested Around The Grand Palace

Hot on the heels of his weekly round-up of foreign rogues, the deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police led a task force to the Grand Palace on Sunday to tell tuk tuk and taxi drivers tricking tourists they’d lose their licenses permanently if they didn’t stop tarnishing the image of the country.

The touts telling tall tales to sell their services didn’t escape the wrath of crime buster Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal either with 52 of them detained along with the 87 drivers for a lecture on how to conduct themselves in a proper manner.

Tuk Tuk Drivers Touts Arrested Around The Grand Palace

Officers from Chanasongkram and Phra Ratchawang police stations rounded up a total of 149 individuals for various offenses:

1) 68 offenders were arrested for violating the Land Traffic Act (2522).
2) 19 offenders were arrested for loitering and causing a nuisance.
3) 52 offenders were arrested for being seen as risk of committing a crime.

All those detained had their details recorded and were photographed for future reference with a warning from the main man – Stop Cheating or Stop Driving with any future complaints leading to their licenses being suspended for three months.

Repeat offenders would have their license seized permanently.

Tuk Tuk Drivers Touts Arrested Around The Grand Palace

Tuk Tuk Drivers Touts Arrested Around The Grand Palace

The crackdown comes following a video of scammers caught on camera outside the Grand Palace tricking tourists going viral..

The drivers and touts today were warned about refusing to use meters, posing as illegal guides, overcharging, intimidation and demanding commissions from jewelry and tailor shops.

Once the lecture was over and their details noted, all 149 were released without charge.

No vehicles were impounded as some news outlets are reporting.

Photos courtesy of the TTPB

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