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Patong Police to create LINE group with rental shops to monitor tourist bike riders

Patong Police to create LINE group with rental shops to monitor tourist bike riders

PHUKET: Having set up a LINE group to collect information about disruptive behaviour on the roads from local residents, Patong Police are now planning to create a similar group specifically for vehicle rental operators.


By Waranya Prompinpiras

Sunday 24 March 2019, 01:50PM


Patong Police urges locals to report any disruptive behaviour on local roads. Photo: Patong Police

Patong Police urges locals to report any disruptive behaviour on local roads. Photo: Patong Police

Speaking to The Phuket News yesterday (Mar 22) Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee revealed his further plans to improve communication with local community via LINE and promote road safety.

“Following a meeting at Patong Police Station on March 7, local residents created a LINE group to share with us information about disruptive behaviour on the roads, namely tourists riding motorbikes fast and making loud noises. There are police officers in the group to receive complaints from local residents and give them advice about taking photos or videos of violations. There are not many complaints in the group right now and we keep educating the participants about what photos and videos can or cannot be used as evidence,” Col Anotai said.

The next step to promote road safety will be setting up a special traffic police team to patrol Patong and “check if there are people driving too fast or driving recklessly and disturbing local residents”.

“I expect this special police team to be created by the end of March,” Col Anotai said.

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Also Patong Police are planning to visit all vehicle rental shops in the area to remind operators that they should check if their foreign clients have appropriate driving licenses before renting bikes.

“Patong Police will meet all the owners of motorcycle rentals in this area, we will visit every shop to gather full information about the number of such businesses and other details. During these visits we will also remind operator that they must check if their foreign clients have driving licenses and must tell them about traffic regulations in Thailand. We will keep doing it until every rental shop operator in Patong knows the rules,” Col Anotai said.

“Having explained the rules to everybody in this business, we will create a LINE group for vehicle rental operators so when a foreigner on a rented bike violates traffic rules a picture of the violation will be posted in the group and the owner of the rental shop will be summoned to Patong Police Station,” Col Anotai explained.

Patong Police Chief didn't elaborate on the possible consequences for rental shop operators whose foreign clients break traffic rules.

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Pascale | 03 April 2019 - 22:17:41

Wrong!"Suggestions to improve Thailand"was a recited quote.My words:"Reminds me of the good old colonial times"did not contain the word "Thailand"and therefore did not specify Thailand as being colonised or ever have been.I'm well aware that Thailand was never colonised.Your synapses need adjusting.Probably the reason why you get so many things wrong.

Kurt | 02 April 2019 - 19:15:18

.."Where did I mention Thailand?"  One did here on 29 March at 19.10.53. Quote: " Suggestions to improve Thailand? Reminds me of the good old colonial times"  ,Unquote.  Thailand was mentioned in his comment right?

Pascale | 01 April 2019 - 22:23:29

"Thailand never being colonised"Hallucinating?Where did i mention Thailand?"Don't talk about colonialism you never experienced"I experience neocolonialistic attitude,approaches and comments on a daily basis on here.And i love it when some privileged expat starts talking about inequality and the poor in Thailand.Smoke curtains? Haha,what a sheep.

GerryT81 | 30 March 2019 - 15:39:17

Stop fantasizing or presuming that others don't see the problems here.Never read on here that someone wrote there are no problems in Thailand!Not openly criticising or constantly advising,doesn't mean someone is blind or ignorant.Thinking so just shows your own simple mind.Getting a relaxing hobby may help you,or probably to late already.

Kurt | 30 March 2019 - 13:59:26

'Good old colonial times'? Thailand never being colonised, a country that has one of the highest measures of inequality in the world. 1% of Thai people here owns 66.9% of capital The poorest 50% Thai owns altogether 1.7% of countries capital.
14 million poor Thai get monthly 300 thb for 'shopping'. Don't talk about colonialism you never experienced. No smoke curtains, please. 

Kurt | 30 March 2019 - 13:44:38

One mention 'bar girls'. Nonsence reaction. Plus, that I have thai friends from NE (including Isarn) working in Phuket hotel industry. They are happy with their jobs, salaries, service charge during good tourist occupation, being able to send money home. But were they come from actually doesn't matter. It is just a true example despite personal Isarn staff employment denial of one here...

Rorri_2 | 30 March 2019 - 04:49:41

Nothing sadder than those blind/ignorant to the truth... or do they have their own agenda.
Obviously one commenter has no idea of what "arrogant" means.

As far as "high" expectations, well your words, I certainly didn't have any, but I can see, as many others can, there are problems in Thailand...many problems, if you can't see this then maybe you do have a problem.

ematt | 29 March 2019 - 19:25:09

"The majority 'thai culture people' Phuket are not from Phuket. They come here to earn money, and send it as much as possible to Isarn." Sounds like your experience of "Thai Culture People" is limited to bar girls. I have lived in Phuket 15 years, have dozens of Thai friends, and have employed perhaps two hundred Thai people. None of them have been from Isarn.

Pascale | 29 March 2019 - 19:10:53

"Suggestions to improve Thailand" Reminds me of the good old colonial times.They only wanted the best for the locals/indigenous too.Guess i don't need to mention how that ended.And it still goes on today.

GerryT81 | 29 March 2019 - 17:04:05

"People suggest ways to improve Thailand,not just for themselves..."Another short night and you come up with this? What kind of arrogant thinking is this?You think Thai's cannot decide by themselves what they want or not? If they want changes they will change.Apart from that do serial complainer on here not care about Thai's or Thailand at all. To selfish for that.

DeKaaskopp | 29 March 2019 - 09:06:13

"Truth about Thailand" Wow,sounds like a big show.The truth about Thailand written by someone who moved here with high expectations but no clues and  got bitterly disappointed .Would like to read that pamphlet.
"Even most Thai's would like some change" Differs this from people in other countries? 

Rorri_2 | 29 March 2019 - 04:53:54

"But as you know the truth,wouldn't it be better to relocate for a change," when people suggest ways to improve Thailand, not just for themselves, but mostly for Thais, this is all you have to say, I guess you are happy with the status quo, so be it, but why condemn those that suggest improvement... for all.

Kurt | 28 March 2019 - 19:17:46

.."Fast majority thai on Phuket'? The majority 'thai  culture people'  Phuket are not from Phuket. They come here to earn money, and send it as much as possible to Isarn. (  home village). They damn well financially interested in 'farangs'. ( = money!)  Nothing wrong with that, but don't deny it.  Don't lie.  It has nothing to do with  living a expat happy life.

GerryT81 | 28 March 2019 - 17:14:23

" Guess one day you will wake up and see the truth about Thailand" You mean like waking up at 4.00,starting thinking and grumbling about Thailand and posting a first rant at 4.49 about everything? No,thanks! Thailand with his more pro's than con's doesn't gives me insomnia.But as you know the truth,wouldn't it be better to relocate for a change?

ematt | 28 March 2019 - 12:22:10

"The culture is; take as much money off the farang, anyway you can before they leave." Maybe you missed it, but the vast majority of Thai culture has no interest in Farang at all. Only at the bottom of the food chain (Thai and Farang) does your problem exist. The vast majority of expats living in Thailand live a happy life. Only the riff raff crawling to and from the bars complain.

Kurt | 28 March 2019 - 11:11:10

"Jet ski's rented to people without license". The reference to other countries with different laws doesn't make sense.  Thailand has a Law that for sailing a jet ski one must have a sailing license!  So, thai jet sky firms violate thai laws.  Don't compare with other countries, perhaps there are no law requirements. Anyway, we are in Thailand, not else where.

Rorri_2 | 28 March 2019 - 04:49:41

""Editor ,give them a holiday. 6 month should do" Oh yes,if someone doesn't have any profound arguments,he calls the Ed for a ban," wow, I guess that took a lot of though, so which alias do you normal write under, I guess one day you will wake upand see the truth about Thailand, but I guess that is a bit hard for you to handle... even most Thais would like some change.

Pascale | 27 March 2019 - 22:13:40

"More like a toothless chihuahua"Hahaha,but he barks like a doberman when defending his sidekick.

GerryT81 | 27 March 2019 - 15:28:49

"Jet ski's rented to people without license" Nothing unusual about that! Other beach destinations do the same,like Maldives,Dubai,Egypt,Mexico...Even did it in Miami.Just shows that someone is living in a very tiny world.Not surprised that living away from home and his usual routine is overchallenging him ,as seen many times now. Same problem for other poster here too.

GerryT81 | 27 March 2019 - 15:16:57

"Editor ,give them a holiday. 6 month should do"  Oh yes,if someone doesn't have any profound arguments,he calls the Ed for a ban. Very easy.Remember someone calling him "chaindog"? More like a toothless chihuahua.

Timothy | 27 March 2019 - 08:23:43

I fully understand the "Culture". The culture is; take as much money off the farang, anyway you can before they leave. This allowing anybody to rent bikes, (sound like you included) and many other scams like taxis without meters, tuk tuks with minimum fare set at 200 baht, jet skis rented to people without license etc. etc. are all part of the culture.  

Timothy | 27 March 2019 - 08:09:03

..... Are you suggesting that all these tourists renting motorbikes have licenses? Have you ever been out of Thailand? Not many people ride motorbikes in developed countries. They certainly aren't allowed to load up their wife and kids. Seeing this a lot lately. Tourists with their whole family on bikes wiggling through traffic. You think the hospitals don't like money?

Pascale | 26 March 2019 - 21:42:57

"They allow the rental agents...to rent to foreigners without a bike license"The article states:...That they should check that their foreign clients have appropriate licenses before renting bikes" Seems like the heat is attacking ones ability to read an article correctly.

ematt | 26 March 2019 - 17:08:28

More delusional thinking: "The hospitals love all the money motorbike rentals bring them." Expat posters here are so alienated from the culture that they experience everything outside of their narcissistic self absorption as some kind of evil conspiracy. How sad.

Rorri_2 | 26 March 2019 - 10:58:36

"Police and community initiatives to improve road safety," I do not know where you get this rot from, something strange going on inside your head, the point is, nothing changes, only more words, the death toll keeps rising... oh, more name calling, strange it is the same people calling others names... Editor, give them a "holiday," 6 months should do.

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