Connect with us

Phuket

Patong motorbike taxi drivers get free helmets

Published

 on 

PATONG, PHUKET: Hoping to improve both safety standards and their public image, scores of blue-vested motorbike taxi drivers on Saturday took part in a training project and received free safety helmets.

The initiative is part of a road safety and crime prevention campaign created by Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark.

At 1 pm on Saturday, about 400 members of the Patong Motorbike Taxis Cooperative assembled on the grounds of Suwan Kiriwong Temple in Patong for the activities, which ended with a group ride along the streets of Patong.

The helmets were provided by life-insurance company Muang Thai Life Assurance.

Patong Motorbike Taxi Co-op committee member Somchai Niewnan said that the helmets were given to 100 specially screened members of the co-operative committed to offering safe services at fair prices.

“If the project goes well and there are fewer complaints from tourists, more helmets will be distributed within a year,” he said.

Mr Somchai encouraged any passenger who observes a helmeted driver engaging in careless driving to call him on his mobile phone at 080-520 3210.

Of the 928 members of the Patong Motorbike Taxis Cooperative, 537 are licensed, he said.

The Cooperative hopes to eventually get helmets for all its licensed members and to work with the Kathu Police in getting all unlicensed members registered.

There is also another co-operative in Patong, operating a total of 300 taxis, some of which are motorcycles. The group has their own standards and a committee, Mr Somchai said.

Pol Lt Col Jakkawat Buntawekulsawat, head of the Kathu Police traffic division, said Col Grissak’s project is aimed at lowering the number of road accidents, as well as crime.

As motorbike taxis are ubiquitous on the streets, they can help act as the eyes and ears of the Kathu Police, he said.

With project members all wearing the same helmet, those who break the rules will be easy to spot, he said.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

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.

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:

Video12 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 9 year olds smoke cannabis on Pattaya Beach in Thailand

Economy13 hours ago

Thai baht soars to six-month high against US dollar

Pattaya13 hours ago

Motorcycle taxi riders rally against unlicensed ride-share app drivers in Pattaya

Sponsored20 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Pollution14 hours ago

Over 100 tonnes of garbage estimated near Phuket Fishing Port

Thailand14 hours ago

Stop giving monkeys cigarettes, beg locals in Lop Buri, Thailand

Thailand14 hours ago

World Cup broadcasting soap opera drama rumbles on

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Transport14 hours ago

Thai Vietjet plans new routes to China, India, Japan, Vietnam

Crime15 hours ago

Police arrest weight loss pill executive for causing 4 deaths in Thailand

Phang Nga15 hours ago

Phang Nga officials find more leatherback turtle eggs

Tourism15 hours ago

Thai AirAsia Melbourne and Sydney connections take to the air

Bangkok16 hours ago

Fireworks to dazzle Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River area on New Year’s Eve

Medical16 hours ago

Resurgence of AIDS in Thailand overshadows UNAIDS summit

Phuket16 hours ago

Thai VietJet cancels Phuket – Bangkok flight last minute over 1 extra passenger

Food16 hours ago

Thailand’s top cheesemaker toasts his own success

Crime17 hours ago

New details unfolding over alleged assault by Pattaya loan sharks

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

Trending