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Pattaya Considering 100-Baht Base Fares To Battle No-Meter Taxis

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Pattaya Considering 100-Baht Base Fares To Battle No-Meter Taxis

Pattaya may raise base fares for metered cabs to 100 baht to placate drivers who refuse to use meters.

The idea of increasing base rates from the current 40 baht for the first two kilometers to 100 baht was to be discussed by National Council for Peace and Order Banglamung District head Maj. Gen. Popanan Luengpanuwat at a meeting with all Pattaya-area cabbies today.

Popanan first suggested raising base fares from the current 40 baht at a meeting last week with taxi and baht bus cooperatives who brazenly defended the widespread practice of negotiating fares instead of using meters.

The local army boss did not endorse the idea, however, and said that enacting it would be difficult. But there was precedent, he added, stating that 100-baht base fares already were in place in Koh Samui and other tourist destinations.

Until then, though, Popanan said the army would again be cracking down on cabbies not using meters due to mounting complaints from tourists about ripoffs by metered cabs and baht buses.

Of course, cabbies have heard this story before. The army also announced “crackdowns” in August and March last year, only to never enforce them.

Soldiers did hit the streets a day after Popanan’s July 19 crackdown promise, but spent more time worrying about taxi-booking tables on the sidewalks than drivers trying to negotiate fares instead of turning on their meters.

But today’s meeting was where the army was supposed to officially lay down the law, and give drivers another opportunity to whine about how they can’t survive charging legal fares.

Department of Land Transport regulations set a base fare of 40 baht in Chonburi Province for the first two kilometers of a trip, six baht a kilometer up to ten kilometers, and 10 baht a kilometer for each kilometer after that.

In tiny Pattaya, that means you can travel from Central Festival Pattaya Beach to the Pattaya Bus Station for 50 baht, barring bad traffic.
Drivers whinge they cannot live on such small fares, especially when they’re battling baht buses, which charge only 10 baht. Therefore, they camp outside malls and hotels hoping to nab a big fish.

Drivers outside Royal Garden Plaza typically quote 300 baht for a trip to the bus station. Uber – when it was in operation – and Grab cost less than 100 baht.

The major general isn’t shedding any tears for the drivers. Whether they like it or not, he said, 40 baht is the law and the army plans to enforce it.

However, he said he’d float the idea of raising base fares. But even if regulators and the Prime Minister’s Office agree, enacting new fares takes times, public hearings and months of notice in the Royal Gazette.

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Pattaya Beaches Open From Today

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Pattaya Beaches Open From Today

Beaches in and around Pattaya will reopen to the public today having been closed since May 9 allowing local to enjoy some sun, sand and sewage.

Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem announced on Friday that Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach, Phra Thamnak beach, Cosy Beach, Wong Amat beach, Krathing Rai beach, Lan Phor Na Kluea public park and the grounds of Bali Hai pier will all be open with social distancing measures in place.

Koh Lan will also reopen to daytrippers having been off-limits since March 25, however, as yet hotels are not permitted to receive guests.

Beaches will be closed from Tuesday to Thursday in the second or third week of the month for cleaning instead of the usual Wednesday as was the case before they were closed.

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UK Visa Application Center In Bangkok Re-Opening

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From 1 June, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services and their main Visa Application Centre in Bangkok ) will be open from the same date.

Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment will be able to log into their account to book a new appointment from 26 May 2020. Customers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can do so from 25 May 2020.

Safety will be a top priority, so customers visiting the Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe social distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear face masks.

Please also be aware, that due to restrictions still in place globally, the following services are unavailable: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit) or Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service.

It is strongly advised that all customers to purchase Courier Return of their documents, so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Centre again, after a decision is made. If a decision has been made on your application, and you need to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre, they will contact you to arrange this.

From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the latest information before you travel at gov.uk/uk-border-control.

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Curfew Cut, Opening Hours Extended, Happy Endings Return In Phase 3 Easing Measures

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Phase 3 Restrictions And Reopening Info

The easing of measures and restrictions put in place by the government under the emergency decree to contain the spread of COVID-19 are slowly being lifted with the curfew cut, opening hours extended and happy endings making a return from June 1.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration today announced a list of changes that will come into effect from Monday 1st June following their publication in the Royal Gazette within the next 24 hours.

    – The curfew will be cut by an hour from Monday and will run from 11pm until 3am.
    – Opening hours for malls have been extended by one hour and can operate until 9pm.
    – Cinemas can reopen with safe distancing (couples can sit together)
    – Massage parlours can open with a 2-hour time limit.
    – Gyms can reopen.
    – Hair salons can now offer further services including colouring with a maximum 2-hour treatment.
    – Sporting venues including football and boxing can open
    – Bowling Alleys, skating rinks and other amusement facilities and parks such as zoos have also been given the go-ahead.

Inter-provincial travel is not restricted, however, unless it is essential it is not recommended as rules vary from province to province. A comprehensive list of rules and restriction by province is here.

There is no news on phase 4 and no decisions have been made regarding the emergency decree ending, the curfew being axed, bars reopening, or inbound passenger flights resuming.

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