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Taxi Mafia

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Taxi Mafia


We are staying at Cape Sienna in Feb for 7 nights. I have been reading about the taxi mafia. My main concern around these is from the fact a few posts mention that if something happens in these vehicles you aren't covered with travel insurance etc as they are "unlicensed" is this true?

After reading the posts it seems we are resigned to the fact that you generally need to succumb to these mafia and use their services - as a lot of other drivers won't even come in the vicinity of the hotel (which is totally understandable).

Thanks for your help.

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11. Re: Taxi Mafia

I imagine it is the same thing as being a passenger in a car at home with a drunk driver.

In the case of an accident, you would be covered, the insurance company would perhaps then try to recoup costs against the drunk driver.

In the case of the illegal taxi, you are not to know who is illegal or not, just as you are not expected to check to see if a driver has a valid licence before you get into any taxi, Thailand or at home.

Edited: 1:45 am, July 04, 2013
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12. Re: Taxi Mafia

Not even that.

After an accident a police report will be made up. In the police report it will say xxx was passenger in a car or tuktuk when an accident happened. If anyone thinks that the travel insurance will try and check in some kind of register whether the driver was a licensed cab driver or whether the car was a licensed cab they really are not thinking this through. And that is of course if the police report even mentions is was a taxi/tuktuk.

Secondly, even if they were to try to find out, it is not the responsibility of the passenger to find out how legal the taxi is, and you will find no travel insurance policy that says 'only legal taxi's allowed'.

What could of course happen is that the car insurance won't pay for any damages if the taxi was illegal, but that was not the question here, nor is it very likely that that will ever happen, because the driver will simply state he was taking friends somewhere and was not performing taxi services.

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