Pattaya: “Baht bus” driver faces fine after allegedly trying to reverse over family
Pattaya’s song thaews – known locally as baht buses – are in the news again for all the wrong reasons.
A woman posted on Facebook that she and her family – that included two children and two old people – hired one from a market in Thepprasit to go to Jomtien beach for which they were asked 100 baht.
She agreed to the fare but the shenanigans started before they reached their desired destination.
After going round a bend they were ordered to get out. The lady said they had not arrived at their destination yet.
Again they were ordered out at Soi 4 but again she said it was a little further.
Tempers flared as they were driven down a soi and the lady’s mother said they should get out and pay as she was scared.
The older woman went to pay but as she did a child fell as those in the back were trying to get off and the driver started to speed off.
Furious, the lady took a picture of the offending vehicle and then the driver allegedly tried to reverse over the family as they fled to the sanctuary of a restaurant.
She said: When are they going to do something about these drivers?
Tawat Pheuakbunnak of the song thaew association said he had spoken to the driver who called the family to apologize.
He admitted arguing with them after being cross that he had taken them to the beach as requested but they kept saying they wanted to go a bit further.
He will face a fine at an upcoming appearance to the Department of Land Transport, said Tawat.
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