Officials hope new safety standards will help boost Hua Hin’s decimated taxis

A tourist rides a Tuk Tuk in Hua Hin. File Photo

Public health and tourism officials have launched a new project aimed at boosting health and safety standards in taxi and tuk tuks in Hua Hin and Cha Am.

Officials from the Hua Hin – Cha-Am Tourism Business Association and the Provincial Public Health organised training for public transport operators by establishing SHA standards before the opening of the region to foreign tourists.

The training provides drivers with knowledge on safety standards and vehicle hygiene aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, said Mr. Janewit Phlisak, Public Health Assistant, Hua Hin District.

Mr. Janewit said that drivers will be able to earn an SHA and SHA PLUS certification for their vehicles.

The certification will be available to taxi and tuk tuk drivers in the Hua Hin and Cha Am area.

Some of the measures which will be introduced to vehicles include temperature checks, while face masks and alcohol gel must be made available for passengers.

Passengers will also need to check in using the Thai Chana Application.

In addition, the driver must ensure the inside of the vehicle is cleaned after service, while an online payment option must be available to customers in order to reduce the use of cash.

At the announcement of the introduction of the new safety measures, officials revealed the extent in which the pandemic had decimated the local taxi business in Hua Hin.

It was revealed that there are 80% fewer taxis and tuk tuks operating in Hua Hin since the start of the pandemic.

Previously, there were approximately 800 registered taxis in Hua Hin district, however only a fraction of those are now operating, officials said.