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Jet-skis under control: Phuket police

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PATONG, PHUKET: A much-vaunted mandatory insurance scheme aimed at ending disputes between jet-ski operators and tourists in Phuket will be in place by November 16.

But Patong’s top cop says: “We’ve already solved the problem.”

Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark said the police have set up a committee of experts to adjudicate in disputes, deciding who should pay for any damage done to jet-skis.

Early last month, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong announced plans for a six-person committee to deal with issues related to the jet-ski rental industry.

The committee now has at least 10 members, including foreign police volunteers, Phuket Jet-ski Association officials and jet-ski garage representatives, Col Grissak said.

The scheme has been up and running for a month-and-a-half, he said.

Whenever there is an accident or some damage found on a jet-ski, it is brought to the police box on the beach road.

Police make a report, then two or three members of the committee inspect the vehicle and talk to the parties involved, Col Grissak explained.

The committee members set a fair cost to fix the jet-ski, he said.

“Since we started the committee, there have been no problems,” he said.

Col Grissak said some foreign embassy officials, such as the Koreans and Australians, had thanked him for setting up the scheme.

By November 16, when all jet-skis will have to be insured, a variety of other measures would be in place, he said.

Aside from the committee, 12 officials from the Patong Jet-ski Association will be assigned to ensure jet-ski operators obey the rules and have the correct paperwork.

The three-and-a-half kilometers of Patong Beach will be divided into 12 zones, with each official assigned to one zone.

Colored pontoons will mark the zones.

A single jet-ski rental contract from Patong Municipality, written in English, Chinese, Japanese and Thai, will be used by all operators, Col Grissak said.

Patong Beach Jet-Ski Association vice president Nucha Pethvimon said his organization was making sure Patong’s 167 licensed jet-skis had their paperwork ready in advance of the insurance roll-out.

“About 120 of them are ready to be insured right away. The rest are having problems, such as the real owners’ names not appearing on documents.

“The owners of those jet-skis will have to go to the Marine Department to get the details right,” he said.

From November 16 onwards, any jet-ski not displaying an official sticker from the Ayudhya Insurance Company proving it has been insured will earn its owner a 10,000 baht fine.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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