Pouting Taxi Drivers Wimp Out On Airport ‘VIP’ Boycott

Published on 14th September 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Pouting Taxi Drivers Wimp Out On Airport VIP Boycott

Bangkok taxi drivers apparently will talk the talk, but not walk the walk as they wimped out on a threatened boycott of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports over not getting the “VIP” treatment they think they deserve.

Drivers of 1,000 SUV-sized taxis are miffed that Swampy introduced on Sunday 101 electric-powered “VIP” cabs that are given a 100-baht surcharge while they still get just 50 baht for the privilege of leaving the airport with a sucker tourist.

They said they’re bigger and can take more people than the VIP cabs, so the deserve double the surcharge. Of course, the state-of-the-art “green” vehicles also cost a lot more than the LPG bombs-on-wheels that the Speeding Somchais pilot.

The Chinese-built electric cabs also garner a higher base fare – 50 baht vs. 35 baht – and – what really irks the regulated cabbies – they don’t have to use the meter for trips of more than 300 kilometers.

Airport cabbies, repeatedly fined, suspended and shamed online for scamming passengers by turning off or rigging their meters, say they should get to do such things legally, since the VIP drivers do.

So, when the electric cabs plugged in on Sunday, the fossil-fuel burners tossed their toys out the pram and threatened to boycott both airports Friday.

Then they all showed up for work as normal.

Having no backbone, of course, is a prerequisite to driving a taxi in Thailand, so the non-boycott should have come as no surprise to anyone. But, to save face, protest leaders said they had simply given airport authorities a second chance to rethink the VIP scheme.

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