With the aim to improve safety for passengers, the Land Transport Department is launching a new app.
The app, called Taxi OK is just another attempt to improve services in Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand.
Sanit Promwong, department director-general said that Taxi OK will be ready for download and will be operational soon. Riders will pay an extra 20 baht ($0.79 AUD) for using the app to call a cab.
Taxis participating are required to install the GPS tracking system, an emergency button, and a camera linked to both the company that owns the taxi and the Land Transport Department.
There are about 100,000 taxis registered with the department and according to Sanit, about 20,000 have already joined the new program under Taxi OK, which has been on a trial run without an app.
The biggest complaint from passengers in the area, recorded by the department and traffic radio stations, has been about taxis refusing to take them where they want to go. Taxi OK promises this will not be a problem with their fleet of drivers.
One of the other driving forces for the creation of this app is competition from the app-based ride-hailing services Uber and Grab in Bangkok and other large cities in Thailand.