In a significant move to address the grievances faced by taxi businesses and drivers, Pheu Thai Party representatives met with prominent members of taxi associations. Srettha Thavisin, the prime ministerial candidate, and Phumtham Wechayachai, the deputy party leader, engaged in discussions with representatives of taxi drivers and taxi cooperatives to delve into the challenges faced by these vital stakeholders. Leading the drivers’ delegation was Withun Naeophanit, President of the Thai Taxis Network Trade Association.
The meeting revolved around an array of pressing concerns voiced by taxi drivers and taxi cooperatives. Foremost among these issues were the mounting operational costs, soaring energy prices, taxi fares, drivers’ income and welfare, and the need for support in transitioning to electric vehicles.
Beyond the immediate challenges, the meeting also ventured into discussions on the development of mobile applications to enhance the efficiency of taxi services and the seamless functioning of taxi cooperatives. Additionally, the establishment of a dedicated fund aimed at bolstering job security for drivers was also a matter of considerable importance. Representatives from the taxi industry expressed their firm belief that the Pheu Thai Party could serve as a catalyst for resolving the longstanding issues that have plagued them.
Srettha Thavisin, responding to the concerns raised, assured the representatives that their voices had been heard and that the party would duly consider these matters. He further conveyed his optimism regarding the formation of a specialized working committee that would be tasked with developing appropriate solutions, provided the Ministry of Transport is entrusted to the Pheu Thai Party in the forthcoming administration.
The meeting between Pheu Thai Party members and taxi associations marks a significant step towards recognizing and addressing the challenges faced by taxi businesses and drivers. As the dialogue progresses, stakeholders eagerly await concrete actions and policy measures that will help revitalize and sustain the taxi industry while safeguarding the livelihoods of those who rely on it.