The tourist took a taxi from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the downtown area of Bangkok for a trip that would normally cost around 300 baht (US$8.8) based on the meter, The Strait Times reported. However, the driver charged the visitor 1,200 to 1,500 baht ($35-$43). Airport management said on Sunday that the unnamed taxi driver had been using a fake list of fares that used flat rates per destination while all taxi drivers picking up passengers at the airport are required to use meters to calculate fares. Besides being banned from the airport for life, he may lose his license to operate a taxi. Overpriced taxi services were the main issue of concern among foreign tourists traveling in Thailand, according to a survey conducted by the Tourism Council of Thailand, which polled 200 Western tourists during the final quarter of last year. … [Read more...] about Thai taxi driver banned from airport for overcharging Taiwan visitor
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Police to start roadside eyesight tests for drivers – those who fail will face £1,000 FINE and disqualification
ELDERLY and visually-impaired drivers are being reminded of the importance of regular eyesight checks - to avoid potential accidents out on the road. According to new data, two thirds of drivers who wear glasses or contact lenses are 'putting off' correcting their vision and could be landed with a £1,000 fine for putting themselves and other road users at risk. However, most people who need to get their eyes fixed are avoiding treatment, according to data from the Association of Optometrists (AOP). Shocking research uncovered that almost a fifth of people who use glasses to drive have not had their eyes checked for at least three years. Delaying an eye test for so long could be in breach of driving laws if it posed a risk to road safety. But the AOP also found that one in 10 people in the UK say they would carry on driving even if their vision was thought to be unsafe. READ MORE ON ROAD SAFETY HERE BAD HABITS Shocking 80% of drivers … [Read more...] about Police to start roadside eyesight tests for drivers – those who fail will face £1,000 FINE and disqualification
Travel expert explains which drink to always ‘avoid’ on a plane – systems ‘rarely cleaned’
A travel expert has warned passengers to avoid plane water (Image: Getty) SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Travel expert and founder of AirAdvisor , Anton Radchenko, told Express.co.uk there’s one drink he’d always avoid on a flight. The frequent flyer said travellers could run a few risks if they drink it. Related articles Spain warning as Britons could face 'endless queues' this summer Simon Calder shares underrated 'good value' holiday destination Anton said: “There are so many dos and don'ts when flying. But if I had to pick just one, it would be to avoid drinking plane water whether it’s in hot or cold drinks.” Passengers might be served water on its own or drink it as part of a hot beverage such … [Read more...] about Travel expert explains which drink to always ‘avoid’ on a plane – systems ‘rarely cleaned’
The Government Protects Our Food and Cars. Why Not Our Data?
After Apple discovered in June that certain MacBook laptops could overheat, posing a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission quickly issued a warning, along with information about consumer burns and smoke inhalation. But after Apple learned that its FaceTime video chat app was enabling consumers to listen in on the conversations of people they called — even when the recipients did not answer their phones — there was no designated federal protection agency to warn Americans or collect reports of privacy invasions. After Fitbit wristbands began causing people to develop skin rashes and blisters a few years ago, the consumer safety agency announced a recall of about one million of the fitness-tracking devices. But after Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app, posted a granular map of its users’ workout routines last year, exposing their locations — including for personnel on remote military bases in Iraq — there was no agency to alert people to the risks or stop … [Read more...] about The Government Protects Our Food and Cars. Why Not Our Data?
‘Jugging’ among new crime trends posing danger on America’s streets: What to know
close Video Travel risk trainer and LAPD veteran Kevin Coffey explains 3 crime trends "Jugging," "tap and glue" and "sliders" are recent crime trends that impact everyday Americans, Kevin Coffey explains. Everyday, routine activities – like going to the ATM or getting gas – can become crime scenes of low-level offenses that create major headaches and financial loss. Someone watches a bank or mall customer with their head in their phone. A seemingly friendly tip to use a tap card at an ATM that's glued shut. A phony good Samaritan says you dropped a wallet at the gas pump or a cheerful, chatty chap can't stop complimenting your outfit. These are all part of street-level crime trends designed to prey on distracted victims to grab a purse, phone or wallet and take off. All they need is a few seconds, in most instances. ROBBERY SUSPECT BODY SLAMS TEXAS WOMAN, LEAVING HER PARALYZED: VIDEO Video These three … [Read more...] about ‘Jugging’ among new crime trends posing danger on America’s streets: What to know
I parked my car at a train station – but when I returned I found the bonnet, bumper and headlights had been STRIPPED
A MOTORIST who parked at a railway station for the weekend returned to find the bonnet, bumper and headlights gone. Alex Christian, 32, first thought another car had smashed into his Vauxhall Corsa. But thieves had broken a window to get to the bonnet release before stripping out the entire front end. Alex, who had left it at Marston Green Station, Birmingham , said: “The recovery driver said gangs strip a car within minutes because car parts are so expensive.” “He said gangs with the skill and speed of an F1 crew go at the car can strip it within minutes.” Alex caught a train for the three-minute journey to Birmingham Airport before boarding the 12.05 Easyjet flight to Belfast to visit family for the weekend. READ MORE MOTOR NEWS SAUDI GP Perez WINS while Verstappen motors from 2nd from 15th and Hamilton finishes 5th WIPER WARNING I'm a motors expert - your car has a setting that could help avoid a … [Read more...] about I parked my car at a train station – but when I returned I found the bonnet, bumper and headlights had been STRIPPED