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    Tuk-tuks turn from tourist darling to parcel delivery

    Bangkok's iconic tuk-tuks are suffering because of the coronavirus, with tourists scarce on the streets, so some drivers have banded together to offer an economical new parcel delivery service.


    About 50 tuk-tuk drivers have formed Tuk Tuk X and they unveiled their new business on Tuesday on a Facebook account, offering delivery of goods in Bangkok.


    The charge starts at 180 baht per trip with multiple delivery stops possible. Conditions include size, a parcel can be no more than 90 centimetres high and 100cm long, but there are no weight limits.


    Another condition is the pickup point must be within 10 kilometres of Victory Monument.
    Tuk-tuks turn from tourist darling to parcel delivery

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    I recently did an order with tops, delivery came in 2 days. I was talking to my mum in uk. She only has one supermarket that does deliveries, Waitrose i think. It took my brother weeks to get access, and the next available delivery slot was end of May.

    It seems there are big opportunities being missed with so many people needing deliveries, and so many people out of work.

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    i'm going to guess that in the UK the delivery drivers need to have some sort of criminal background and driving safety vetting....and here it's probably anyone with access to a tuk tuk is job ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
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    i'm going to guess that in the UK the delivery drivers need to have some sort of criminal background and driving safety vetting....and here it's probably anyone with access to a tuk tuk is job ready.
    Yeah. Agree.

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    in the uk nanny state many of those now out of work will sit around and wait for the government handouts to arrive, and complain bitterly when they dont, whereas in asia its either work or go hungry, so they tend to be more enterprising, and also less hampered by the regulatory handcuffs that cripple so much enterprise in western countries.

    necessity definitely is the mother of invention.

    having said that there are plenty of neighbourhood delivery services being set up in the uk that offer help for those unable to get out and do their own shopping during the lockdown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    in the uk nanny state many of those now out of work will sit around and wait for the government handouts to arrive, and complain bitterly when they dont, whereas in asia its either work or go hungry, so they tend to be more enterprising, and also less hampered by the regulatory handcuffs that cripple so much enterprise in western countries.

    necessity definitely is the mother of invention.

    having said that there are plenty of neighbourhood delivery services being set up in the uk that offer help for those unable to get out and do their own shopping during the lockdown.
    I guess you're not really keeping up with the news much.

    People who volunteered to support the NHS in England during the coronavirus crisis are being given details of what tasks they can do to help.

    More than 750,000 people signed up to join the "volunteer army" - three times the government's original target - to help relieve pressure on the NHS.

    They will support 2.5 million people who are considered at risk.

    The volunteers may have to deliver food and medicines, drive patients to appointments and phone the isolated.


    The process is being managed
    through a mobile app called GoodSam, where health professionals, pharmacists, and local authorities can upload requests for help from Tuesday.
    Coronavirus: NHS volunteers to start receiving tasks - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    in the uk nanny state many of those now out of work will sit around and wait for the government handouts to arrive, and complain bitterly when they dont,
    We live in a Capitalistic world.

    You need money out there for it to function

    It pays

    But who will pay the bill ?

    That is where politics comes in the picture

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