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Driver of Chinese tour bus in Patong Hill crash fined, set free

PHUKET: The driver of the Chinese tour bus that crashed at the bottom of Patong Hill on Monday night (Aug 22) has been charged with driving an unsafe vehicle, Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikum confirmed today (Aug 26).

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Chanida Summast

Friday 26 August 2016, 06:12PM

The driver of the Chinese tour bus that crashed at the bottom of Patogn Hill on Monday night has been fined and set free. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The driver of the Chinese tour bus that crashed at the bottom of Patogn Hill on Monday night has been fined and set free. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The bus was carrying more than 30 Chinese tourist when it crashed while descending Patong Hill. All victims of the accident were taken to Patong Hospital, but no serious injuries were reported from the incident. (See story here.)

“The driver has been fined and free to go after questioning,” Col Chaiwat told The Phuket News today.

“All victims involved in the accident were discharged from the hospital that night,” he said.

Col Chaiwat did not elaborate on further action by police, and said that he was unable to recall the driver’s name.



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Kurt | 29 August 2016 - 19:30:17

swerv: why you keep all the time so elaborating about that permanent Kathu road check point?
It is not a traffic check point, it is just a money making station. (reversed ATM)
In other countries you will be not allowed to continue driving without driving license after paying 500 thb fine.
Yes, indeed, a ATM in reverse is for putting money in. Hahahaha. Get it?
That is what all the drivers do there. right? Pay fine and drive on.
Drive on without helmet, without driving license, without paid road tax, motorbikes and cars as well.
Don't you see what is wrong here?

And I do not want to know the name of the driver, just RTP embarassing that a colonel spokesman knows nothing about what he 'spoke'.

What we wanted to know is or that bus owner has been arrested for have a technical unsafe bus on Phuket roads.
That is important. Many of these Chinese tourists could have been killed or more serious injured.

Seems you not see/realize the whole picture of the affair.

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Rorii | 29 August 2016 - 18:44:22

swerv, or is it Joe12, some time ago the order was given that all buses must stop at the kathu checkpoint, to be checked, by police(no qualifications required) for safety, including brakes, before proceeding over the hill, this of course never happened, as per normal "all mouth no action" procedures, you know, just  like the "safety zones" and the never used, in fact hard to find, "tourist court."

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swerv | 29 August 2016 - 13:53:40

Kurt: Kathu check point is just that...a check point. It is not there to check the road worthiness of every vehicle which passes through. It is not geared up for that.
Vehicles are checked on their annual MOT check up same as other countries.
Why do you want to know the name of the driver? Is it that important to you?

BTW, an ATM in reverse would be putting money in.

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Kurt | 28 August 2016 - 20:24:44

swerv:  The colonel was functioning as the spokesman regarding this accident.
A spokesman should know all the in's and out's.
I don't know why a police officer with the rank of a colonel must be spokesman.

Your question: What more information we want? Don't you read?
Why was this unsafe bus on the road?
And what actions are taken against the owner of the bus?

What you wrote about Kathu Checkpoint show exactly how incompetent/'of the road' the RTP is.
Only manned periodically, for helmets and licences, etc? 
How pathetic such a check point.
If people have no helmet and/or no driving license they just get a fine and allowed to drive on over Patong Hill.
That Kathu check point is not for road safety.
It is just a ATM in reverse.

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swerv | 28 August 2016 - 17:51:35

Kurt: It is doubtful a colonel would be dealing direct with this incident so no it is not strange that he did not know the name of the driver, who cares anyway? What is "hiding Thainess"?

The driver was charged with driving an unsafe what more information do you want/need?

How did the bus get through the Kathu checkpoint? Probably drove through. This checkpoint is only manned periodically to check helmets, license etc. It doesn't have a garage to check the road worthiness of every vehicle passing through.

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Christy Sweet | 28 August 2016 - 08:40:51

They do not care, They do not care They do not care Authorities do not care, people do not care- as long as the money keeps rolling in  all this BS lip service is just about perpetuating the lie that they do care. 

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Rich 44 | 27 August 2016 - 15:35:07

At least a yearly inspection of the buses allowed on the roads.
A nice sticker on the window showing date and the I.D. number of inspector. The sticker should have a chip in it so police simply scan it for inspector ID and date. Also, it can be flagged as it passes a detector on the roadside. The chip will help prevent fraudulent stickers.
Thailand should be safe.

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malczx7r | 27 August 2016 - 11:53:09

How about fining the owners of the bus for allowing an unsafe vehicle to be driven? Unless he was the owner?

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Kurt | 27 August 2016 - 11:37:21

A police Colonel was hiding further police actions and unable to recall the name of the bus driver?
Is this a bad joke? Or just hiding thainess?

Driver just fined and free to go.
How about the bus technicalities? 
The driver was charged with driving a unsafe vehicle!
No more information about that?
Information about the follow up of that by police declared unsafe vehicle?

How did this unsafe vehicle ( bus with 30 Chinese tourists) pass the Kathu police check point?
This unsafe vehicle ( tourist bus) could have caused a disaster at any moment during driving uphill and downhill Patong Hill.
Are the bus owners charged to have a unsafe vehicle on Phuket roads?

Are the police not in service of the public and therefor obligated to 'remember' things at least a few hours?
And at least tell us more about this unsafe vehicle ( tourist bus).

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Bjay | 26 August 2016 - 18:56:12

The Police don't know the Drivers Name??? They fined him & let him go??? How much was the Fine? It was only by chance that nobody was killed! If the Bus was defected in anyway the Coach Company are responsible. I guess the brakes faile? Usual explanation.

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