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Phuket bus driver plays it safe after steering fails

PHUKET: The driver of a bus carrying Chinese tourists from Chalong Pier on Saturday afternoon (Sept 24) made a quick decision to stop his vehicle rather than risk the lives of those on board when the bus’ steering suffered a failure.

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Monday 26 September 2016, 11:39AM

Mr Supawatkan Kunnarak, an official from Chalong Municipality and Chalong Traffic Police were called to investigate an incident at 1pm on Saturday where it was reported that a bus carrying Chinese tourist had been forced to stop in the middle of Chao Fa West Rd in front of S P Stainless Construction Co Ltd.

Upon arrival at the scene, the driver, Mr Kathawuth Kulbuth, 29, told police he had picked up tourists from Chalong Pier and was heading north along Chao Fa West Rd, when he attempted to make a turn in front of Wat Chalong he noticed a problem with the vehicle’s steering.

“I noticed a problem with the steering so I slowed down. The problem was getting worse as I approached Baan Chalong School so I again tried to force the steering wheel but it wouldn’t turn so I was forced to stop in front of SP Stainless,” he said.

“I checked under the bus and discovered loose wires were hanging from the steering system. I called the bus company to arrange a news bus be delivered so that I could transport the tourists,” he added.

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Luckily, workers from S P Stainless Construction Co Ltd were able to help reconnect the loose wires to the steering system and Mr Kathawuth and the tourists were able to continue on their journey at 5:15pm.

Mr Supawatkan said that all bus companies must check all systems on their buses regularly and keep records of all maintenance carried out.

“Safety is a must for public transport, and drivers must drive with caution at all times,” he said.



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Kurt | 27 September 2016 - 11:52:59

Jome, you are right.
Sometimes I get thai workers at my place, using electric equipment.
Always the same, bare wires into to the socket, absence of plug.
Thai safety thinking is very thai. I can't describe it otherwise.
Safety standards here? What standards?
And you can not talk about it with the thai workers. 
Otherwise the next day they not come back. hahahaha

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Jome | 27 September 2016 - 03:40:47

Wires are only falling off if they are not connected correctly.....Look at the photo where bare wires are connected into a socket without a plug....and you know everything about safety standards.....

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Andy | 26 September 2016 - 14:42:41

So the power steering pump wires fell off, this just means that considerable effort is required at slow speed, it does not mean the steering has failed.
Also means poor maintenance and inspection. Loose wires can lead to fires.

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simon01 | 26 September 2016 - 13:47:54

Good man. This is what should happen in a crisis. Ok the bus could have been checked before going out or maintained better to start with but one driver can not check all buses or go against his boss to get then maintained better but he did a good job. Well done.

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Werni | 26 September 2016 - 13:11:59

Incredible, even the Phuket News say the bus driver plays it safe when he mends to reconnect loose cables. This is in now way a professional conducted repair work and with this mending the bus is still no safe vehicle. Probably they continued to carry the tourists on this bus. The only safe thing the driver did, was to stop and check what failed.

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malczx7r | 26 September 2016 - 12:05:55

A lucky escape, at last a sensible driver, pity about the lack of maintenance on the buses! I wonder how many buses actually get checked? Who keeps the records and who actually checks that this is being done? My guess is it never happens! Sorry for being negative but as a long termer here you get jaded by the constant accidents and lack of enforcement by anyone!

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