Uber Confident On Being Covered By Thai Regulations Soon

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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