Report: In Thailand, taxis left idle by COVID-19 are now being used to grow produce

Thinking outside the box
by Drei Laurel | Sep 27, 2021
PHOTO: Reuters

It’s been more than one and a half years since COVID-19 wrapped its grimy hands around Southeast Asia. Since then, countless industries have stalled because of lockdowns, with the transportation sector being among those hit the hardest.

With no customers to ferry, some taxi operators have started thinking outside the box to deal with the pandemic.

According to a report by Reuters, the Ratchapruek Taxi Cooperative in Thailand is now converting its idle fleet into plant boxes on wheels. Produce is grown on the roofs and hoods of the unused taxis, providing drivers with food. Watch:

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Among the produce being grown using these taxis are eggplants, chilis, and cucumbers. According to Thapakorn Asawalertkul, a business consultant for the operator, the vehicles serve no other purpose at the moment.

“We discussed among each other and decided to grow vegetables to eat because there is no use for these Taxis,” he said. “They have become just metal as they’ve been parked for over a year now.”

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Frankly, this is an out-of-the-box way of dealing with the taxi industry’s current dilemma. At the very least there’s something for people to put on the table. What other uses can vehicles left idle by the pandemic serve? Let us know in the comments.

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