Uber Confident On Being Covered By Thai Regulations Soon

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Uber takes 25 per cent of the cut from its services, and reportedly enables many Thai drivers to earn between 20,000 and 40,000 baht ($580 to $1,160) per month.

US-based ride-hailing giant Uber says it is confident it will soon clear the legal hurdles that have thus far hindered the operation of its service in Thailand.

Following a meeting between company representatives and officials from the Department of Land Transport late last month, Uber Thailand general manager Sirupa Jungsalat said yesterday – on the local operation’s third anniversary – that they were committed to continued business in the country, adding they were expecting to be covered by Thai regulations within five months from now. A follow-up meeting with transport officials has been slated for sometime in the next two weeks.

According to Sirupa, Thai authorities have yet to recognize Uber as a ride-sharing service booked via smartphone app, with the company maintaining it is not a taxi service.

Sirupa noted that one solution could be to adopt the Malaysian Uber model, whereby driver-partners who pass certain training requirements are granted a licence for what is considered a new type of transport service. An alternative could see Uber drivers applying for a new class of licence to operate a ride-sharing service.

Uber currently operates in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, with the company claiming it had received a positive response from the Myanmar and Cambodian governments for its ride-sharing model to be extended there.

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