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‘Patong Taxi Federation’ formed

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PATONG, PHUKET: More than one thousand tuk-tuk, motorbike and car taxi drivers are banding together to form a new ‘Patong Taxi Federation’.

One of the organization’s primary goals will be to clean up the image held by many of Patong’s taxi drivers.

A second aim will be to improve traffic flow by having a central body that will oversee all three types of transport.

The federation, formally established on Monday, is the brainchild of Patong Municipality.

Around 90 members elected Setthasak ‘Ko Aew’ Buason as temporary president of the Patong Taxi Federation at its first meeting.

Ko Aew already leads a group of more than 500 saloon car and minivan drivers in the town.

“The federation wants to improve the image of Patong and make Patong the number one tourist destination in the world,” he said.

“When tourists come here they will see a town that looks beautiful and organized,” he said. “They’ll also have more space to park their cars.”

With the aim of improving traffic flow around Patong, the federation will set up fixed stands from which the various types of taxi will pick up passengers.

“Right now tuk-tuks parked at the side of the road are creating traffic jams, but the problem can be solved,” he said.

Rental cars parked along the beach road were also a major problem, he said.

A call center will be set up to assign taxis for passengers.

“They won’t be driving around looking for customers like they do these days,” Ko Aew said.

A meeting with other taxi groups would take place soon and a new president might be chosen as a result, Ko Aew said.

These groups include more than 1,000 tuk-tuks, as well as the roughly 900 members of the Patong Hired Motorcycle Taxis group and 500 members of the Saving Cooperative, another motorcycle taxi association.

All Patong taxis will have to join the federation. Members will be issued stickers allowing police and municipal officials to check if they are members, Ko Aew said.

The federation will collect information and conduct background checks on all its members, he said.

“We admit that in our group most members still run black plate [unregistered] taxis. We’re going to set up a cooperative for black plate taxis and get them properly registered with green plates,” he said.

Asked if the reputation of Patong taxis, particularly tuk-tuks, was affecting tourism in Patong, Koh Aew said he thought the poor state of the tourism economy was a world-wide problem, not one particular to Patong.

“Before these problems became well-known, people were still visiting Patong. It depends on how the media presents the story to the public.

“If the media do so positively, it will help. But, anyway, fewer tourists are coming here because of the global economic crisis,” he said.

“Not many Thai people come to Patong, but we expect this project will increase their numbers,” he added.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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