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Tighter traffic law enforcement in Phuket for Songkran

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PHUKET: Phuket is among seven tourist destinations in the country undergoing a crackdown on traffic law violations ahead of the Songkran holiday in April.

Since March 1, the Royal Thai Police and its relevant divisions – Tourist Police, Traffic Police, Strategy Division, and Foreign Affairs Division – in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Department of Highways, have been strengthening the enforcement of traffic laws on motorists and motorcyclists.

The targeted destinations are Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Phuket, Hat Yai, Samut Prakan and Ayutthaya.

The key traffic rules and regulations under the campaign include driving on sidewalks; driving without a licence; driving against the traffic; failing to give way to pedestrians at crossings; driving without wearing a seatbelt or helmet; careless or inconsiderate driving; driving under the influence; illegal car accessorizing; and parking in prohibited spaces.

The government announced in late January that it was asking police to tighten enforcement on traffic rules and regulations across the country as part of a broader effort to upgrade safety and security standards, and to boost trust and confidence among the public.

A representative of the Tourism and Sports Ministry said the tighter enforcement will help to reduce accidents, especially during next month’s Songkran Festival, when millions of local and foreign tourists will take to the roads.

Next month, more minivans from China are expected to cross into the Kingdom, especially in the Northern region. Boonsong Techamanisathit, governor of Chiang Rai province, said immigration officers at entry gates would provide driving manuals and advise drivers on the tighter law enforcement.

Phuket has seen an influx of recreational vehicles (RVs) from China. These types of travellers roaming about the island under their own steam has had local tourism officials worried that they may not be the kind of ‘quality tourists’ Phuket aims to attract as they are not spending money at resorts.

Phuket Land and Transport Office Chief Policy Adviser Jaturong Kaewkasi said most of the RVs in Phuket were breaking the law.

“Some of these motor homes are illegal because they have failed to be registered with the Land and Transport Office before entering the country. Additionally, it is possible that some of the drivers are not carrying the necessary driver’s licence,” Mr Jaturong said (story here).

Meanwhile, Sukanya Sirisopokakit, director of the Chiang Rai Transport Office, said all vehicles, including minivans from China, were required to buy third-class insurance before entering the country.

According to the Chiang Rai office, only 1,487 cars from China passed through the Chiang Kong gate in the province in 2013. That figure jumped to 8,883 in 2014, and then 9,248 last year.

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Pattaya

Torrential rains again wash away parts of Pattaya Beach, more on the way

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Heavy rains have caused flooding and beach erosion on Pattaya’s recently reclaimed beach yesterday afternoon. The torrential rain continued for many hours around Central Pattaya. Heavy rains are also expected again today (forecast below).

Many areas ended up flooded causing local traffic hazards and delays. Water flooded down storm drains and onto Pattaya’s beaches and into the sea, literally washing the beach away in some locations.

Tourists and swimmers avoided the water as they saw “an unidentified white substance on the water’s surface”. The white scum appeared to look like some sort of detergent or foam which had washed down the city’s drains.

Last year some 400 million baht was spent re-building some of Pattaya’s beaches which end up damaged and washed out to sea any time there are heavy rains.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Toilet break goes wrong when trucks collide in Pattaya, injuring two

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The driver of a ten-wheeler truck got more than he bargained for after stopping for a toilet break at the side of the road in Pattaya.

Pattaya Update News reports that 57 year old Jirawat parked his truck on the Krathing Rai-Rayong road at about 1.30am over the weekend. While he was away from his vehicle, attending to business, a six-wheeler truck ploughed into the back of his truck.

The driver of the six-wheeler, 42 year old Suthin, suffered head injuries, while his 45 year old wife passenger, Netchanok, sustained a leg injury. Both occupants of the truck had to be cut free by rescue workers before being rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, Jirawat says the sound of the crash startled him, causing him to fall over and urinate on himself. Returning to his vehicle, he alerted the authorities. It’s unclear what, if any, action will be taken by police against either of the drivers.

SOURCE: Pattaya Update News | ThaiVisa

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