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Phuket taxi driver charged after cab flips in home-bound drive

PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver was charged with reckless driving causing damage to government property today (Mar 13) after his vehicle struck a pole and flipped onto its roof after dropping passengers off at Phuket International Airport.

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Monday 13 March 2017, 05:56PM

The driver, Piyapat Saeong, 47, told police that he was driving home to Naiharn at about 3:30pm when a Honda Jazz pulled out in front of him while he was passing the U-turn near the Khun Mae Ju store on Thepkrasattri Rd north of Thalang Town.

“The car just drove off,” he told police, who arrived at the scene with rescue workers to find the “green plate” (commercial passenger vehicle) on its roof in the inside southbound lane.

Nearby was a utility pole bowled over by the force of the impact.

Lt Suphon Muangkhai of the Thalang Police confirmed that Mr Piyapat suffered only a sore chest in the dramatic crash as he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident

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“He said he swerved to avoid a collision and the taxi hit a pole and flipped,” Lt Suphon said.

“Mr Piyapat has been charged with reckless driving causing damage to government property. He will be called on to pay for the damaged pole,” Lt Suphon added.

“Meanwhile, we are still looking for the Honda Jazz he claims caused the accident,” he added.

The Phuket News notes that Mr Piyapat does have the correct license to legally work as a taxi driver in Phuket.



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Eagle | 15 March 2017 - 18:20:25

Kurt,you did not read the article well in the BP.You telling us complete nonsense here.There is no word of a demand for a blood/drug test after an accident.In fact the word drugs is never used.And the new rule will come in effect in the near future.Here is what they wrote if you get caught drunk driving:Under the new rule a driver will not be covered if his blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of 50mg,compared to  150mg per cent at present.Seems like you have to wait a bit longer until your wishes come true!And if someone doesnt believe

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Kurt | 15 March 2017 - 17:01:27

Red yesterday in BangkokPost that a few car/motorbike insurance firms now start to demand alcohol and drugs test before they pay out anything to clients ( car/motorbike owners).
When alcohol/drugs are involved, they not pay out anything to their client..  Finally!

@ Billy Stone:  illegal power poles?? Nooo, that is impossible on Phuket, such illegal happening, not on Phuket.
Than the Governor would know for sure, informed by his officials.
Of course, when it are just 2 or 3 poles, no official would know, right?

And, good news for readers here,.. when you have a dash cam your car insurance premium goes down!!   5---> 10%.!!

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Billy Stone | 15 March 2017 - 13:51:57

I am expecting to hear about a police crackdown on illegal power poles before too long. They have been the cause of many accidents over the years.

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Taxi Mafia | 14 March 2017 - 21:36:55

Brown paper bag for a slap on the risk.

400 baht fine over the table and 4000 baht under.

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CaptainJack69 | 14 March 2017 - 12:16:41

Another 400 baht fine?

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Richard S | 14 March 2017 - 09:24:27

It should be mandatory for all commercially licensed vehicles to have dashcams with GPS capability that would record location and vehicle speed.  In many cases that would show clear responsibility in case of accident.  I suspect though most commercial drivers would not be too happy with that and would resist.

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Fritz Pinguin | 14 March 2017 - 08:39:39

And again a dashcam would be helpful.

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