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Phuket’s pink buses make way for EV

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO) will replace its famous Pho Thong pink song taew, small public buses which have faithfully served the public for decades, with 24 electric buses, starting from Oct 1.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 18 April 2021, 01:30PM


END OF AN ERA: Phuket’s famous Pho Thong pink ‘song taews’ will soon be terminated. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran.

END OF AN ERA: Phuket’s famous Pho Thong pink ‘song taews’ will soon be terminated. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran.

The plan is part of its drive to make the city more environmentally friendly. The Pho Thong buses have been in service since 1947, and replaced rickshaws, reports the Bangkok Post.

PPAO President Rewat Areerob yesterday (Apr 17) said an auction will be held for the private sector to invest in the electric buses. One condition is that the operator must not charge students and the elderly.

The EVs will be bought to run on arranged routes, and some new routes added.

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OK-Boomer-Na? | 22 April 2021 - 03:16:47

I hope they can find a way to have a unique look derived from the current buses...

Kurt | 19 April 2021 - 00:33:50

A good thing that these pre-historic black fumes polluting wrecks are disappearing. Look forward for the same with the polluting blue busses. It is a shameful happening. And, when is someone considered to be elderly? Only Thai or anyone?

 

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