A Bangkok taxi driver has been fined after taking a group of tourists to Chonburi province instead of a short hop to Petchaburi Road.
The Filipino tourists had got in the green and yellow taxi at Chatuchak on Sunday and requested to be taken back to their hotel.
They thought something was up when they were on the motorway headed for Chonburi so they contacted a Thai friend with their GPS location.
The friend contacted the JS100 radio station and the regular and tourist police as he was concerned that all the Filipinos were wearing gold and the driver may have been thinking about robbing them.
When they finally reached their hotel at 10pm the driver demanded 3,000 baht. (If on the meter from Chatuchak it would have cost 200 baht or less).
The tourists refused to pay and when the police arrived the driver fled the scene.
Now the Department of Land Transport has caught up with the driver who was named as Rangsan.
He was fined 1,000 baht for each of two offences – making a contracted journey without the meter and taking a circuitous route.
He was also required to undergo 3 hours of training.
He was pictured watching a video while an official kept watch on him.