Motorbike taxi vests to stay orange

The colour of new vests issued to licensed drivers of motorcycle taxis operating on Bangkok streets will continue to be orange, as recommended by Land Transport Department director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket.

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Maj Gen Apirat Kongsompong, the 1st Division commander who is responsible for regulating motorcycle taxi services, on Sunday said all licensed orange vests issued under the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's registration system would be scrapped and replaced by new ones issued by the Land Transport Department, and they would be in luminous green.

Mr Asdsathai on Monday morning took samples of new vests, in orange and green, for Maj Gen Apirat to see. Both colours are used internationally.

They decided to remain with the old colour - luminous orange.

Maj Gen Apirat said they made this decision because Mr Adsathai said orange is a more familiar and more suitable colour.

All old vests issued by City Hall would be cancelled and replaced by new ones issued by the Land Transport Department, he said.

The new vest will have a slot to insert an identification card, a number, the name of the district and zone in which the motorcycle taxi operates. There will also be a luminous green stripe on the front and the back of the vest.

Maj Gen Apirat said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will regulate motorcycle taxi services to get rid of the practice of giving bribes to police and payments made to influential persons to secure a spot.

The number of vests issued would not be limited, he said. The limited number of vests issued by City Hall caused the cost of each licensed vest to soar in the street trade, reaching hundreds of thousands of baht in the areas where daily earnings are highest.

He did not say if this new system would also be applied outside Bangkok.

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