Friday, May 21, 2010

Fueled Up

If you see an NGV sticker on a Bangkok cab it means that the taxi uses natural gas for vehicles. Introduced to Thailand by the Royal Thai Government, the cost of NGV is almost seventy percent less than traditional gasoline. One would think that everyone would convert their vehicles to this type of gas, but there are much fewer NGV filling stations than regular pumps making it less convenient to get fuel. And the installation of equipment for the use of NGV is expensive. Fortunately, some taxi companies pick up the bill, and other times the drivers see the benefit and realize that it will save them big money in the long run. If you're not sure whether a taxi uses NGV or not and if you don't see a sticker, take a look at the fuel gauge. If it's on empty and there's a red light on, it might mean that the cab uses natural gas because the gauge on the dashboard isn't attached to the NGV tank. Either that or you're going to have to take a walk soon.