Connect with us


PHUKET OPINION: Road lines too cheap to catch attention?



PHUKET OPINION: Road lines too cheap to catch attention? | Thaiger

PHUKET: There are some grandiose schemes underway to accommodate the rising number of vehicles plying Phuket’s roads, which is growing at a higher rate than ever with some 500 new registrations every month.

Few hold out much hope that the stranglehold on public transport by the island’s widely detested syndicates will ever be seriously addressed – at least in areas frequented by tourists. Although the provincial council recently won a national “innovation” award for its ‘Pink Bus’ system, the safe and friendly vehicles used on these routes are restricted to zones in and around Phuket Town – despite the fact that similar systems have been operating in virtually every other part of Thailand for decades.

Over in Patong, which has the highest tuk-tuk density and passenger fares in the world, we are told that work on the Patong Tunnel will be underway by 2013, and that the project is needed to ensure public safety.

Meanwhile, up on Patong Hill two backhoes have been beavering away on the nine-million-baht “Welcome to Patong” sign, funded under the government’s Thai Khem Kaeng (Strong Thailand) stimulus package.

How the sign will make Thailand “stronger” (or Phuket roads safer) is anyone’s guess, but the work raises an interesting question. How much road paint would nine million baht buy?

The question arises from the state of Patong Hill in the tunnel project area. As if the hairpin turns, steep gradients and oil residue on the road weren’t bad enough, the street lights no longer work – at a time when they’re needed more than ever. Rounding out these perfect conditions for rainy-season mayhem and death are the badly faded road markings, where they can be seen at all.

But not all of Phuket’s road safety problems can be put down to infrastructure. Local driving skills are apparently legendary (see consensus).

So government failures, island-wide, to perform in something as mundane as keeping the roads properly lined is baleful. Given the minuscule cost involved, it’s also inexcusable. We don’t need to talk about “budget” here.

A few years ago a group of Prince of Songkla University students showed that in many cases road lines can be rediscovered by simply using a stiff brush, strong detergent and a bit of water to scrape off the grunge.

Perhaps some folks are simply too busy lining their pockets to care much about lining our roads.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand4 mins ago

Woman abandons home after police ignore four burglaries

Thailand25 mins ago

VIDEO: Brave citizens save delivery driver swept away by floods in northeast Thailand

Chiang Mai36 mins ago

Chiang Mai wakes up to a flooded city district

World55 mins ago

Japanese warned to take cover over North Korea missile test

World58 mins ago

Book on Trump reveals casual racism and homophobia

Thailand2 hours ago

Thai bank releases bizarre ‘apology’ for repossessing the wrong house

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism2 hours ago

Thailand wants more tourists from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Thailand3 hours ago

Elon Musk angers Ukraine president with Russia tweets

World3 hours ago

Europeans arrested in Iran

Thailand3 hours ago

Thai woman charged for selling fake discount vouchers

Crime4 hours ago

Expressway killer reveals 3 month plan to murder girlfriend in remorseless confession

Thailand5 hours ago

Prayut plans to contact citizens hit by power cuts via radio

Thailand5 hours ago

Submarine purchases could sink over engine debate

Guides5 hours ago

Best IB schools in Thailand

Bangkok5 hours ago

VIDEO: Paramedics push patient through Bangkok floods on stretcher

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11