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Phuket taxi driver attacks vehicle of Bolt driver in Bang Tao


Another week, another Phuket taxi debacle…  A taxi driver in Bang Tao has attacked a Bolt driver’s car while there was a foreign passenger inside. This follows an incident just over a week ago when drivers at Rassada Pier forced a lone female traveller out of a minivan because she had booked it through the Bolt app. And any number of other incidents over the years…

The Bolt app is legal in Phuket, having been approved by the Phuket Land Transport Office to offer alternative taxi services on the island.

According to the latest report, the Bolt driver, named only as 35 year old Ms Ben, picked up a foreign passenger at a restaurant in Bangtao, in the sub-district of Cherng Talay, on Sunday, June 11. She says she had just collected her passenger when a male taxi driver suddenly ran at her car. He then proceeded to hit the vehicle, before jumping onto the bonnet.

Ms Ben says she drove away quickly as her passenger was scared. After dropping off her passenger, she went to Cherng Ttalay Police Station, where she filed a police report, which was accompanied by dashcam footage of the incident. Ms Ben says she is legally registered to operate as a taxi driver with the Bolt application and has all the required paperwork to do so.

Chergntalay Police are investigating.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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