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    TAXI TIMELINE

    Database, Published on 10/10/2010

    » The first taxis were introduced to Bangkok by Phraya Thep Hatsadin Na Ayudhya in 1924. He established the Taxi Siam company with a fleet of 14 Austin cars. At that time people called them ''Rot Mile'' (Mile Car) because the fare was calculated on the distance. One mile cost 15 satang _ too expensive for most people in the 1920s and the service was not popular.

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    BY THE METER

    Database, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Taxi meters were installed in Bangkok cabs for the first time in 1958. But this innovation didn't catch on as both the drivers and their customers preferred to negotiate a price. At that time there was no law to enforce their use and, as a result, the meters were removed. However, since the number of vehicles in Bangkok was increasing day by day, bargaining over taxi fares made the traffic congestion even worse, especially during rush hours.

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    GETTING A LICENCE

    Database, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Any person over 22 years and not having a physical or mental handicap can apply for a taxi licence provided he or she has held a private driving licence for at least one year. Applicants must produce ID, house registration and a medical certificate stating that he or she is in good health.

  • LEARNING

    Bun-Fights and Holes in Dough

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 10/10/2010

    » The government is in danger of being dissolved. Armed men in black take over the car park at Suvarnabhumi airport. And child pornography is openly sold on Sukhumvit.

  • LEARNING

    Cheat sheet

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Here are the captions that were with the photos shown in the quiz. The quiz answers are below.

  • LEARNING

    Quiz for kids (young and old)

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 10/10/2010

    » Here is a photo quiz based on the last few issues of the Bangkok Post.

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