Click to download Tribute to His Majesty PDF

The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket Opinion: Enter public transport incorporated

PHUKET The news this week that prominent Phuket families, likely frustrated by decades of inaction by countless administration’s inability – or unwillingness – to develop public transport on the island, are moving ahead to achieve that goal themselves bodes well for the future of Phuket.

opinion, transport, tourism, economics,


The Phuket News

Sunday 13 November 2016, 09:00AM


Kata Group President and PKCD co-founder Pramookpisit Achariyachai (left) with Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan at the consortium's official launch this week. Photo: PR Dept
Kata Group President and PKCD co-founder Pramookpisit Achariyachai (left) with Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan at the consortium's official launch this week. Photo: PR Dept

This development comes on an island where nearly every form of so-called “public transport” is privately owned, from the tuk-tuk and taxi mafia and their incredible “fees” for joining tuk-tuk ranks operated by the key leaders to the airport limousine “co-operatives” who pay exorbitant “concession fees” to Airports of Thailand (AoT) for the right to pick up passengers at Phuket Airport.

The airport buses are privately operated, as are the blue-and-white songthaew that work from the market in Phuket Town and even the motorbike taxi outfits.

Despite the “fees” they collect and the endless complaints against them, which even inspired a crackdown by the military two years ago, they are all legally endorsed by the Phuket Land Transport Office.

The only exceptions are the pink Po Thong buses operated by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO), and even they do not dare extend their routes into other transport moguls’ turf.

Whether people agree with the investment model or not, private business gets things done for one primary reason – they exist to make money. Yet, if such corporations bring public benefit to where the government has failed for so long, it must be heralded as good news.

Coast Beach Club

Beautiful news in this regard is that the primary PKCD investors intend to float the company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, which in essence throws down the gauntlet to cynics who would like to call the PKCD nothing more than just another “cartel”.

With an IPO, the public themselves can literally invest in Phuket, and claim their share of the profits made. How simple is that?

Without doubt many challenges lie ahead. The introduction of genuine public transport will ruffle the feathers of many of those profiting from Phuket’s lucrative transport industry.

How the PKCD will manage these issues remains to be seen, but Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan was correct in pointing out that no one knows the issues at hand or the mentality of the existing “public transport providers” better than these key Phuket people. If anyone can do it, they can – and they have the motivation to achieve it.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Kurt | 13 November 2016 - 18:23:23

The photo with this article speaks 'book chapters'.
The Governor looks like he is thinking:
"Oh Oh, what to think about this private initiative, how I have to deal with it when the Phuket transport mafia uprise"? 
Need more body guards?

The Phuket News

Kurt | 13 November 2016 - 13:44:18

By what we read in this article it looks like the Governor is very happy that the private sector is taking over the public transport portfolio.
The Governor thinks he shuffled it now nicely off his desk.

However, now the Governor as the highest Thai Authority has to guarantee the safety of these entrepreneurs against deadly actions of the present Phuket transport mafia!
I hereby refer to the recent assignation by thai of the 58 year old thai president of Patong tuk tuk club on Phuket, a man who did not agree that other thai transport clubs not kept appointments.
His diary is now in hands of the Phuket authorities.
Let us see or justice will be done.

And or the Governor is going to take steps to give protection to the people who want liberate Phuket, and set up a decent public transport.

Let us not forget the attempts years ago to establish a Phuket west coast beach bus service, that the bus drivers were threaten to be killed and due to the fact that Governor and police commander that time not were enforcing the law and not protected these bus drivers, that bus service was doomed.
So, not the bus drivers, but that bus service did die.

The Phuket News
Matches 2 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

And Foot, It are sayings like you wrote:.." your continual idiotic comments".. is insulting. I not insult readers. I even sometimes me...(Read More)


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

Foot, no, I not see the blue tanks, but I know there are, underground, yes? And the fact that water tankers are driving like crazy to sell expensive ...(Read More)


Samkong Underpass to partially close for grand opening ceremony

They are really nuts. Close from 10:00 pm till next morning 11:00 AM, just for a short morning ceremony. Unbelievable, a last effort of incompetence...(Read More)


Take a number: Phuket Airport immigration still overloaded

Another good example of present Phuket, a shame full story of incompetence. Already known al over the world since 16 September. Just crying.."...(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

Jome, I agree with the comments of Rorii (7 Dec) and Engineer (10 Dec). I actually intended to give the readers who like to 'tackle' my comme...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

Maybe a USV or a generator would be useful in Thailand for business? I use USV for Computer and network....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

A great PN Opinion article. Yes, 2 weeks ago a day a internet blackout without warning. At TOT office no one was answering the phone. I went to TOT...(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

Rorii...I only respond to dumb, stupid, off the planet comments....(Read More)


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

Foot Kurt's comment is fair comment. It does not matter whether it is correct or not, it is fair comment. I suggest you read the Phuket News edi...(Read More)


New Phuket underpass to add more delays to reaching airport

I use this intersection every 2-3 weeks and agree with all below that traffic flows freely all ways. Perhaps it is not the traffic flow but the flow ...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2016 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.