People queuing to pay respect to late King have been warned against being overcharged by motorcycle taxi operators

Some of the motorcycle taxi operators plying on the Ratchadamnern – Grand Palace route are found to have overcharged people waiting in a queue to pay respect to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the Grand Palace for a ride to a screening spot.

On Sept 30, while a large number of people were waiting in a queue, they were asked by some motorcycle taxi operators who offered to take them to the territorial defence centre, which is one of the screening points, saying that in doing so they would not have to wait for a long time.  The people who used their service were charged 50-60 baht, much higher than the legal rate of 25 baht for a distance of not more than 2 kilometres.

Niran Permsati, a motorcycle taxi operator in Buranasart area, said many motorcycle taxis from other areas have also come to offer their service for people heading for the Grand Palace and charged them as high as 100 baht per trip.

This has happened although police have tried to prevent the people from being overcharged.

Pol Lt Meechai Hakham, a traffic police officer, said police have tried to warn the people to beware of being overcharged and advised them to instead take a free bus ride of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.