Ride-hailing study to pave the way for Uber to operate legally in Thailand.

A STUDY into ride-sharing services has been handed to the Department of Land Transport (DLT) ahead of deliberations that could pave the way for US-based industry leader Uber to operate legally in Thailand. The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) submitted the study to the department and the Ministry of Transport is expected to decide on the matter in May. Sumet Ongkittikul, research director for transport and logistics policy at the TDRI, said that, among four directions proposed in the study, the ride-sharing application service providers would be required to register with the government on matters concerning expenses, fares and complaints handling. Drivers in ridesharing operations would also have to hold public driving licences. The study was conducted to review the practices in a number of countries, including Singapore, Australia, the United States, the Philippines and Malaysia. The study envisages that people would have ride-sharing services as an alternative for travel,...


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