Thai Taxi Drivers Seek Cash Help To Buy Electric Vehicles

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thai taxi drivers seek cash help to buy electric vehicles

Represented by the Thai Public Taxi Association, cabbies across the country want Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit to offer them an incentive package to make it easier for them to switch to electric vehicles.

According to Sadit Jaitiang, the association chairman, promoting the use of EVs will help reduce carbon emissions and dust pollution. Members would highlight the need for incentives before the minister when they meet next Friday to discuss the well-being of cabbies, he added.

Shifting to EVs without incentives would be a financial burden for scores of Thai drivers, who suffered from a lack of business during the COVID-19 pandemic and are just getting back on their feet financially, Sadit stressed.

20,000 Taxi Cabs To Soon Need Replacing

The association seeks tax cuts and subsidies, including a sizeable 300,000 baht ($8,385) subsidy for each EV unit. It has already revealed its preference for 90- and 120-KW models and suggested the SME Development Bank help taxi drivers with low-interest loans.

Some 20,000 taxi cabs across Thailand would soon complete their 12-year operational lifespan and therefore, require replacing – ideally with EVs, Sadit said. About 10,000 units will be necessary during the initial phase of the replacement, he added.

Other issues to be discussed include a roadmap to allow cabbies to register with ride-hailing apps and the appointment of a committee to consider new fare rates. Also, the construction of a car park for taxis at Suvarnabhumi Airport was approved in 2019 but is yet to begin.

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