Connect with us

Opinion

Phuket driving test: forget about the parking

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

image
image

PHUKET: Someone I know recently applied for a driver’s license and failed the parallel-parking test. “You hit the pole,” announced the proctor from her little booth.

And I began to wonder: in the nation which has the third-highest road fatality rate in the world, does it really matter how well you parallel park?

Being third globally (according to the World Health Organization) signals a problem of profound proportions, especially among motorcyclists, who represent about 75 per cent of the deaths.

It’s true that the Transport Department is trying to better prepare drivers, and recently raised the score needed to pass the theoretical part of the driver’s test (story here). But more needs to be done.

For one, the test route could more closely resemble real-life conditions. Using an example from my housing estate, park a bunch of cardboard cars at each corner of an intersection, and as the applicant approaches, have a little plastic motorcyclist pop out. If the applicant fails to stop, she hears, “You hit the biker.”

And why not send officers into schools? Show students a picture of three young men squeezed together on a motorbike, all helmetless, darting out of a u-turn in front of oncoming traffic, and ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?” I narrowly missed that trio the other day.

Show a two-lane road with a car signaling to turn right as a motorcyclist passes it – also on the right. I managed to avoid that man a few weeks ago.

Use CCTV images to make educational videos, and include interviews of victims.

Talk to the two boys who survived after their friend, who was driving the motorbike they were all on, rammed into the back of a pick-up truck in Pa Khlok on February 11 and died (story here).

Ask the family of Boonlert Udomtham, 46, how they’ve been doing financially since Mr Boonlert was killed on May 2 after a truck lost control on Chao Fa West Road and crashed into the car he was in (story here).

Bring the problem to the center of national attention: publicize statistics, ask schools to make helmets part of the school uniform, get singers and actors to make trendy public service ads.

Law enforcement has a role to play too. A friend who never used to wear a helmet started wearing one because she didn’t want to get caught by police. “I got used to it,” she told me, “and now, if I don’t have it on, it feels strange.”

Let those who can’t parallel park spend an extra few minutes searching for an angled parking place. The inconvenience isn’t going to kill them.

— Leslie Porterfield

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

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.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism9 mins ago

Germany removes Thailand from its list of high-risk countries

Indonesia28 mins ago

Death toll rises to 14 in volcanic eruption in Indonesia

North East1 hour ago

Police deny detaining or threatening woman who told PM to “retire quickly”

advertiseadvertise
Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

CCSA meets today to decide on southern border re-opening

World13 hours ago

Foreign Ministers of China and Malaysia agree over South China Sea

Bangkok14 hours ago

Burmese woman rescued by DSI after 13 years of forced labour

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Protests15 hours ago

Burmese soldiers drive car into protesters killing 5, injuring dozens

Chon Buri17 hours ago

4 Bang Saen restaurants busted selling alcohol outside Chon Buri Blue Zone

Politics18 hours ago

Woman who told PM Prayut to “retire quickly” claims police visited her

Transport20 hours ago

Boeing’s Max 737 returns to Chinese skies

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

COVID-19 SUNDAY: 4,704 infections, 27 deaths, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Omicron variant and surging Covid-19 affect European nations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)22 hours ago

Australia, Asia, and Africa deal with the Covid-19 Omicron variant

Thailand22 hours ago

HM The King returns to Thailand for Father’s Day commemorations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)24 hours ago

Omicron spreads to 38 countries, 10 US states; Remdesivir recalled

Coronavirus World5 days ago

Health officials say Omicron probably in the Netherlands prior to South Africa reports

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 days ago

PM will decide on need for lockdown if and when Omicron found in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 days ago

UPDATE: What we know about “Omicron,” new travel restrictions to Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says PCR tests will remain a requirement for foreign arrivals

Thailand7 days ago

Thailand News Today | Quarantine requirements in Thailand relaxed, Vocal expat deported | Nov 29

Tourism6 days ago

No plans to reverse re-opening, despite Omicron variant – Tourism Ministry

Road deaths7 days ago

Thai man dies by flurry of bullets while going to get 2nd Covid shot

Drugs5 days ago

Men arrested at Bangkok airport for allegedly smuggling drugs valued at 95 million baht

Visa3 days ago

10-year long term visa scheme takes a step forward, measures approved by PM

Thailand5 days ago

Possible lockdown, Crypto in Thailand, Transit system improvements | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.143

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

Thailand entry restrictions on African countries in response to Omicron

Bangkok6 days ago

Foreigner claims Bangkok taxi pocketed 1,000 baht for ride down Sukhumvit

Tourism5 days ago

Cha-am permitted to sell alcohol in restaurants from December 1

Expats4 days ago

Bangkok is 4th best place to live in Southeast Asia, according to expat survey

Tourism6 days ago

Tourism officials welcome Czech movie filming in Phuket and Krabi

Thailand3 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Tourism9 months ago

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

Phuket9 months ago

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

Tourism10 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand10 months ago

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

Tourism10 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand11 months ago

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

Trending