THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Taxi fares in Bangkok to extend in two weeks

The Ministry of Transport yesterday permitted a movement to extend taxi fares in
Bangkok after current protests by the capital’s cab drivers. The brand new fares are
anticipated to return into operation within the subsequent two weeks.
The Transport Ministry introduced a month in the past that Thailand’s taxi fares would
enhance after eight years of stagnation. The division of transport made the value
enhance conditional – taxi drivers should enhance their service and keep away from refusing to
serve passengers.

Greater than 200 taxi drivers gathered in entrance of the Transport Ministry workplace
yesterday morning to demand a solution on the fare will increase as there had been no
growth for a month.
Final month taxi associations requested the federal government to extend the usual fare
charges. Drivers requested for the fundamental payment to begin at 45 baht for 1,600 to 1,800cc taxis
and 50 baht for two,000cc taxis and above.
Now, fundamental fares for each taxi in Thailand begin at 35 baht. A journey between 2 to
10 kilometres prices 5.5 baht/kilometre, and a journey between 11 to twenty kilometres
onwards prices 6.5 baht/kilometre)
The advisor to the Minister of Transport, Wirut Pimpanit, met with 4 taxi
associations yesterday afternoon. Wirut informed the associations that the federal government
couldn’t enhance the fares they proposed however would compromise.
The assembly concluded in an settlement on the brand new rising value said beneath:

1,600 to 1,800 cc taxi vehicles: The fundamental payment begins at 35 baht | 2,000 cc taxi vehicles: The
fundamental fare begins at 40 baht

A journey from 2 to 10 kilometres prices 6.5 baht/kilometre
A journey from 11 to twenty kilometres prices 7 baht/kilometre
A journey from 21 to 40 kilometres prices 8 baht/kilometre
A journey from 41 to 60 kilometres prices 8.5 baht/kilometreA journey from 61 to 80 kilometres prices 9 baht/kilometre
A journey from 81 kilometres onwards prices 10.5 baht/kilometre

In site visitors jams or in case taxi vehicles journey lower than six kilometres per hour, the fee
will probably be 3 baht/minute, up 1 baht.
The brand new fares will come into impact in two weeks.
Wirut reported that the brand new fares will solely apply to about 80,000 taxis in Bangkok.
For taxis in different provinces, the ministry stated it might take into account fare costs
in line with the price of dwelling and the buyer value index (CPI) in every space,
particularly in touristy areas like Koh Samui in Surat Thani and Phuket.
Wirut warned taxi drivers to take care of excessive service requirements and cease refusing
passengers. If any negligent drivers are found abusing their place, they
would face extreme penalties below the regulation. Their driving rating will probably be lower, and their
license is perhaps suspended or revoked.

Some electrical wires in Bangkok urgently buried for APEC assembly
Ugly electrical cables in entrance of the Queen Sirikit Nationwide Conference Centre
(QSNCC) in Bangkok have been pulled down and buried to offer a extra
aesthetic scene for the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) assembly from
November 16 to 19. The motion evoked a lot mirth and merriment from the
nation’s netizens.

The Metropolitan Electrical energy Authority (MEA) of Thailand’s Fb web page
yesterday introduced that about 500 metres of overhanging electrical cables and
poles in entrance of the QSNCC have been buried to enhance the panoramic view of
the world for the APEC assembly.
Footage of the operation have been posted on-line exhibiting the earlier than and after look.
Many Thai netizens commented on the publish. Some praised the authorities for his or her
fast and environment friendly work whereas others stated the federal government have been simply window-
dressing part of Bangkok. Many netizens poked enjoyable on the authorities’s
procrastination in burying the remainder of the capital’s overhead electrical cables. A
challenge to bury the capital’s overhead cables started in 1984 and stays unfinished.
The MEA additionally added that they completed an underground cable challenge of over 23
kilometres on some roads in Bangkok on Rama 4, Witthayu, Sathorn, and Charoen
Krung roads.

The Mass Speedy Transit Authority (MRTA) of Thailand made recognized to the general public
yesterday that the QSNCC Station of the MRT subway will probably be closed from
November 16 at 12.01am to November 19 at 6pm to facilitate the APEC assembly.
The MRT prepare will function as regular however trains won’t cease on the QSNCC
Station. There will probably be free shuttle buses for individuals affected by the closure at Rama
4 Intersection close to Klong Toey MRT Station, and Asok Intersection close to
Sukhumvit MRT Station.

Bangkok police arrest pretend Chinese language diplomat

Immigration police in Bangkok have arrested a Chinese language man, aged 33, discovered with
a pretend Thai ID card, a pretend police bike and a pretend navy uniform.
Shao Xiaobo was arrested at a rented constructing in Bangkok’s Sutthisarn space on
Wednesday, the workplace of an unnamed business affiliation.
Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nuchanart, deputy commissioner of the Immigration
Bureau, stated police have been rounding up suspects forward of the APEC summit when
they discovered information on a “foreign-looking” man who had a Thai ID card and two
passports, and arrested him.

The suspect denied the ID card was pretend, however the pretend Chinese language businessman
conceded he had visited the affiliation constructing in a luxurious automobile, with a “police”
bike driving in entrance, however stated a good friend had organized the automobiles.
The limousine was made as much as appear to be an embassy automobile, with two nationwide flags on
its bonnet, however its license plates indicated it was a personal automobile.
Shao informed police he deliberate to do enterprise within the nation and thus joined the
affiliation about three years in the past and rented a room. Nonetheless, he had but to begin
his enterprise.

In Shao’s workplace on the affiliation, police discovered a pretend uniform with a badge
exhibiting the suspect’s Chinese language identify in English.
The pretend Chinese language businessman has been charged with making false statements and
use of a pretend Thai ID card. Police are checking if he has damaged every other legal guidelines.

Beagles sniff out bats in baggage from China at Bangkok airport

No bats or every other animal carcasses can get previous the sharp noses of two hard-
working beagles who struggle crime at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
Yesterday, the sniffer canine uncovered “smoked bats” and processed pork hidden
inside baggage that flew in from Kunming in China.
The principle obligation of the beagles from the Quarantine and Inspection Canine Unit is to
detect hidden animal carcasses, in line with Director-Normal of the Division
of Livestock Improvement and Veterinarian.

He stated the sniffer canine are particularly cautious of baggage arriving from “high-risk”
nations resembling Cambodia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Laos, Vietnam and China.
Yesterday, one of many beagles sniffed out a suspicious yellow suitcase from
Kunming. Officers inspected the baggage to seek out one bag of smoked bats weighing
2.5 kilograms, one bag of smoked pork knuckles weighing 2.5 kilograms, and one
bag of smoked pork stomach weighing 4.5 kilograms.
Smuggling animal carcasses into Thailand is a prison offence below Part 31
of the Animal Epidemic Act (2015).
The seized items will probably be destroyed in line with Division of Livestock
laws, added Somchuan.
In the meantime, yesterday, police arrested a Thai YouTuber from Isaan who posted a
video of herself consuming bat soup to her 400,000 subscribers. She is dealing with 5 years
in jail and/or a high quality of as much as 500,000 baht.

Major trainer arrested for ‘schoolgirl’ porn

A main faculty trainer in Samut Prakan has been arrested for promoting alleged
“schoolgirl porn” on social media.
In a few of the movies the trainer named Natdanai, aged 28, is seen having intercourse with
females at school uniform. Natdanai has admitted to incomes about a million
baht (US$25,000) during the last 12 months from the movies.
Bangkok’s cybercrime power arrested the newest trainer accused of intercourse offences in
Bangkok on Tuesday on fees of constructing, possessing and distributing
pornography. The arresting workforce discovered a hidden digital camera within the main trainer’s
bed room and movies of him having intercourse with females in lady scout uniforms.

Arresting officers additionally collected a normal cybercrime toolkit of varied cellular
telephones, a pc, SIM playing cards, financial institution books and different gadgets from his condo.
The arrest adopted data from Hug Venture Thailand {that a} schoolgirl had
sought assist after somebody allegedly shared porn clips of her on VK.com. VK is a
Russian social media platform based mostly in Saint Petersburg, predominantly utilized by
Russian audio system, and extensively accused of being a facilitator of kid pornography
suppliers.

When she contacted the poster asking for the clips to be deleted, the individual
demanded cash from her. She was informed to take a photograph of herself together with her ID
card and ship it to him.
The lady then contacted the Hug Basis, which helped her take her accusations
to the police.

Natdanai had made minimal effort to cowl his tracks, and cybercrime officers
rapidly recognized him because the administrator behind the pages in query.
The suspect admits to posting 1,800 video clips over the previous 12 months, charging 1,500
(US$40) baht for entry.

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