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Registration van makes slow progress

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PHUKET CITY: The introduction of a high-tech mobile registration van late last year has recorded an increase of 16,000 in Phuket’s official population, only a small fraction of the island’s “hidden population” of about 300,000.

The project is the brainchild of Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit, who announced that tackling the hidden population problem would be a top priority after he was promoted to Governor in October 2006.

The main goal of the Internet-able van, fitted with equipment costing 4.6 million baht, is to register as many as possible of the estimated 300,000 Thais who now call Phuket home, but who are registered as residents of other provinces.

With only about half of the Thais living in Phuket registered as living here, Phuket loses out on population-based budget allotments from the central government, including those for critical areas such as education and law enforcement.

Of the people who have used the mobile registration service since it was launched in January last year, 35,117 used it to transfer out of the province compared with 49,212 who used it to register as now living in Phuket.

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Piya Bharatasilpin admitted that the project has not been the success the provincial government had hoped for.

“The service was set up to increase the registered population, but we must allow people to use it to transfer out of the province as well,” he said.

Among those who transfered out of Phuket are recently graduated students and people who find work in other provinces, he said.

Current funding will allow the service to continue with stops about three times a month until September 25. The service is provided in areas requested by Phuket’s three District Offices, K. Piya said.

The service is not cheap. TOT charges 4,000 baht a day each day the van is used for the satellite-based Internet link, but the Interior Ministry covers the expense, he added.



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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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