Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs

BANGKOK (AP) – Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “roof garden,” as they use the roofs of taxis that have been idle due to the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable gardens.

Workers from two taxi co-ops created the miniature gardens this week with black plastic garbage bags stretched over bamboo frames, which they were added to soil in which a variety of crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers and string beans, were planted.

The result looks more like an eye-catching art installation than a parking lot.

That’s partly the point – to draw attention to the plight of taxi drivers and operators hard hit by the corona measures.

According to the Associated Press, there are currently 500 cars on the street, and 2,500 more are standing still waiting to be used because many of the drivers could not afford to use the vehicles due to too much competition.

Currently, the gardens are not a source of income.

The gardens are maintained by employees of cooperatives who have implemented a salary cut, the AP reports.

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