Anyhow, I came across this brilliant little article from the PPP in 2015 all about Tuk-Tuks, which I had missed before
Talking tuk tuks: Insider gives lowdown on carriages, turf and community
Sat, 18 July 2015
The hotel where I was working before is currently under renovations, so I came to work outside Latin Quarter at the corner of Streets 178 and 19 a month ago.
I like this corner because there is foot traffic coming from all directions, so it’s good business.
There’s no legal regulations regarding tuk-tuk drivers, but there is an informal code among us.
If someone moves into a spot because they don’t have one of their own, it’s okay. In my case, I lost my old spot, and since I had worked here before I was welcomed back by my fellow drivers.
But if someone has another spot already, they should be there and not here.
If they come anyway, we ask them to go back to their own turf, and if they don’t, we’ll mock them until they leave.
In order to remain friendly with each other while competing, we follow a strict rule whereby whoever makes contact with a customer first gets that customer.
Actually, we’re all friends – we have a community.
We usually go to this simple Khmer place near Lux Cinema after work. All the tuk-tuk drivers from around this part of the city go there.
On a good day, I’ll earn $20 or $30, and a little bit can be spent on entertainment. Once in a while – but not every day – we’ll drink beer.
Cambodia and Angkor draught are my favourites. Sometimes we’ll have rice wine. We usually go there at 7pm or 8pm after work.
I only work in the day, beginning at 7am and working 12 hours until nightfall.
Occasionally I’ll take a day off on Sundays – I have a wife and kid I need to spend time with.
Being a tuk-tuk driver isn’t such a bad job, but when I’m older I want to be a shopkeeper, selling everyday household items from my house.
Being a tuk-tuk driver can be a hard life sometimes – there’s nothing worse than having no customers, no money and a broken tuk-tuk.
Follow link for the full article. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weeke ... -community