Personnel Officer: Wanna work uptown at nights? South Bronx? Harlem?
Travis Bickle: I’ll work anytime, anywhere.
Personnel Officer: Will you work on Jewish holidays?
Travis Bickle: Anytime, anywhere.
Annop [at the picture] is a 45-year old licensed motorcycle-taxi driver from Bangkok. He is paid less than a dollar for every trip. He’s been doing it since 1993. He likes his job.
*Motorcycle taxi plays an important role as one of public transportation modes in Bangkok. However, in the past, the motorcycle taxi service has been operated under unregulated condition that causes various problems to motorcycle taxi drivers and users. In 2005, the Thai government has imposed the regulations upon motorcycle taxi service that included motorcycle taxi drivers’ registration and fare rate. This makes Thailand becoming the first country in the world that regulates motorcycle taxi service.
*Extract from Proceedings of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, Vol.6, 2007. Full text HERE.