Taxi fares in Bangkok may increase this year by 5%

Taxi fares in Bangkok, Thailand may increase in the coming weeks or months after a recommendation by a working committee comprising representatives from the Land Transport Department; the Thailand Development Research Institute, the Consumer Protection Committee and the Taxi Cooperative Network.

As the government of Thailand has stopped subsidizing fuel recently, the price of gas for taxi drivers have already gone up. This is expected to keep going up by a small amount every month, until it caps off at the true cost of fuel without a government subsidy. To combat this, Bangkok’s taxi drivers have all asked for permission to increase their fares by 5 percent.

You can’t really blame them, can you? Personally, I’m amazed at how the taxi drivers in Bangkok even make a good living from their jobs when their profit margins are so low. This makes sense why most taxi drivers work 12 hour shifts six to seven days a week, which is what many told me they need to do in order to just pay the daily fee for hiring the taxi and gas. Some have also taken on additional jobs as private-hire drivers for regulars. Anything above that is profit, but when a 12 hour shift sometimes only nets them a profit of 300 baht ($10), it’s perfectly understandable why they want a fare increase now that gas prices are rising.

Meanwhile, Somchai Siriwatthanachoke, director-general of the Land Transport Department says taxi drivers are currently receiving a gas discount from PTT Plc, which will continue until mid May, 2012, there will be no taxi fare increase before then. He also said he and his department will then decide if taxi drivers should be allowed to increase fares. That increase, however, will likely not happen if PTT Plc agrees to continue the gas discount.

Taxi Fares in Bangkok (2019)

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 ฿ Range : 35.00–35.00 ฿
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 6.00 ฿ Range : 5.00–9.00 ฿
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ฿ Range : 100.00–180.00 ฿
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