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Department of Land Transport vows to get tough on public transportation in Thailand

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A major crackdown is planned on the country’s public transport, following orders from Thailand’s new transport minister, Saysayam Chidchob.

It’s understood this will even include asking passengers in public transport vehicles if they feel they’re being driven safely. If they don’t, the driver can be prohibited from going any further.

In addition, drivers who are found to be intoxicated or too tired will be prevented from continuing their journey and risk having their vehicles seized.

It’s planned to carry out these checks at gas stations around the country and more than a million drivers will be stopped and checked. They will have their vision tested, including their ability to recognise colours, and will also have their reaction time tested.

Checks will also be carried out on all public transport vehicles, to ensure they are road-worthy.

In total, 245 checkpoints will be installed at gas stations 90 kilometres apart, on more than 100 routes across Thailand. The checkpoints will be manned 24 hours a day.

Minister Saksayam has only held his position for a few months, but has already proved to be one of the most active and vocal of the new ministers. His proposal is part of a wider plan to improve public transport in Thailand.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Public transport vehicles failing safety checks

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In the first week of new safety checks introduced by the Department of Land Transport (DLT), 1 in 7 public transport vehicles have failed.

Drivers fared slightly better, with only 3 out of 10,236 failing their exam.

DLT Director General Peerapol Thavornsubhajaroen says that as part of the test brought in to improve public safety, over 7,000 vehicles were checked in the period September 2 – 11, with over 1,000 failing to pass inspection.

“The check-up campaign is expected to take three months to complete. During the first week we already performed checks on 7,088 vehicles and found that 1,020 of them failed the evaluation. We ordered the owners to fix their failed vehicles and bring them back for another check-up within 15 days.”

It’s understood the vehicles tested were a mixture of min-vans and buses and the reasons for failure included low-quality brake systems, excessive black smoke emissions or unauthorised modification to engines and gear systems.

Peerapol says drivers who fail their test are given advice on how to better prepare before re-taking it the exam.

Physical checks on drivers include physical fitness, color blindness, reactions, eyes (depth and width perception), as well as a test on their general suitability as a public transport service provider.

Vehicle tests include checks on the engine, vehicle body integrity, brake system, wheel alignment, lights, smoke emissions, acoustics, as well as ensuring there are no gas leaks.

SOURCE: The Nation

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FAIL! One in seven public transport vehicles didn’t pass safety tests

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  • One in seven public transport vehicles failed safety checks in the first week of a new program
  • Vehicles failed the tests mostly because of a low-quality brake systems and excessive black smoke emissions
  • In better news, only three of 10,236 drivers failed the exam

About one in seven public Thai transport vehicles have failed safety checks in the first week of a new program introduced by the Department of Land Transport. Of the 7,088 vehicles tested nationwide from September 2-11, in attempt to improve the standard of public transport, as many as 1,020 have not made the grade.

The department ordered land transport offices nationwide to conduct a full check-up of public transport vehicles and drivers.

DLT director-general Peerapol Thavornsubhajaroen says the check-up campaign is will take up to three months to complete.

“During the first week, September 2-11, we already performed checks on 7,088 vehicles and found that 1,020 of them failed the evaluation.”

The Nation reports that 1,212 of the tested vehicles were regular route vans, 2,381 were non-regular route vans, 2,219 regular route buses, 838 non-regular route buses, and 438 minibuses. Vehicles failed the evaluation mostly because of a low-quality brake system, excessive black smoke emissions or an unauthorised modification to engines and gear systems.

“We ordered the owners to fix their failed vehicles and bring them back for another check-up within 15 days.”

There was better news concerning the public transport drivers, with three of 10,236 drivers failing the exam.

“We have already advised them how to prepare themselves before taking a remedial exam.”

The director-general said the vehicle tests include checks of the engine, vehicle body integrity, brake system, wheel alignment, lights, smoke emissions, acoustics, as well as ensuring there were no gas leaks.

Driver were checked for physical fitness, colour blindness, reactions, their eyes, as well as a test on their general suitability as a public transport service provider.

Operators of public transport can bring their vehicles and drivers for a check-up at all land transport branches daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm, said Peerapol.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Phuket’s most expensive car number plate is ‘9999’ costing more than 700K

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Following the auction for car license plates organised by the Phuket Land Trasport Office over the weekend, it’s been revealed that the number 9999 got the highest bid at 710,000 baht.

This year’s auction was for the ‘ขก’ category, which represents ‘treasure, virtue and fortune’, and there were 301 numbers available. The Chief of Phuket Land Transport, Banyat Khanta, said that there have been 15 annual auctions for the number plates of private cars (not more than 7 seats) and the auctions have generated more than 306 million baht to the Road Safety Fund.

This year, a total of 339 people registered for the auction. The Phuket Governor added that the money made from the auction will be spent on the ongoing campaigns for road safety.

Previously, the Land Transport Office provided campaigns for the new year, Songkran, the youth traffic for safety awareness project, professional driver project and a project to encourage people to check their cars before driving. Also, a part of the revenue from the auction will be spent on purchasing tools for disabled people who are victims from road incidents in order to support them to be more independent and find a career.

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