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All vans to be replaced by microbuses by 2022

BANGKOK: The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) expects to replace all of about 5,000 vans used for its public van service with microbuses by 2022 in a bid to improve road safety.

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Bangkok Post

Sunday 16 April 2017, 09:00AM

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority says there are currently 5,000 passenger vans operating within the city, and all will be gone within five years. Photo: Ian Fuller/Flickr
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority says there are currently 5,000 passenger vans operating within the city, and all will be gone within five years. Photo: Ian Fuller/Flickr

The van service is managed by private operators with concessions granted by the BMTA.

Somsak Hommuang, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Transport, in his capacity as Acting Director of the BMTA, said the public van service will close by 2022 which is when 70% of the permits granted to van service operators expire.

In compliance with the Transport Ministry’s public transport safety policy, the BMTA plans to fully commence the microbus service in the next two years, Mr Somsak said.

He added that by 2022, those whose public van service concessions expire will be required to switch to microbuses if they want to continue providing public transport services.

He said the BMTA aims to encourage van service operators to replace their vans with 20-seater microbuses by offering them tax benefits.

The BMTA is seeking the ministry’s approval on the tax benefits plan.

The tax plan would not only encourage van operators to change to microbuses, but local car makers would also be able to produce and sell microbuses at prices significantly lower than imported ones, he said.

Four car-making companies – Toyota, MG, Hino and Bestlin Group – have expressed interest in a proposal to support private companies to set up a new factory in the so-called Free Zone, where taxes will be waived so they can produce microbuses and sell them at prices close to the average price of vans now used in the BMTA’s service, he said.

The ministry also plans to seek cooperation from Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG) to find and offer loans to van operators who want to replace their vans with microbuses before their van concessions expire, he said.

An imported microbus costs around B2.4 million while one produced locally would cost between B1.5mn and B1.6mn after the tax benefit, he said. The average price of a van is B1.3mn.

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Jor12 | 19 April 2017 - 17:57:36

Paully44... I prefer to concur with the comments of Eagle, rather than the juxtaposition of your comments.  

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Pauly44 | 18 April 2017 - 19:31:59

Jor 12, you can back & forth all you like but at the end of the day posters comments are their opinions whether you agree with them or not. Are they "garbage" because you don't agree with them? I find them accurate given the context of the story, it's true these drivers are totally reckless call them what you will but any poster denying this fact is a fool and in fact comments from you & Eagle in my opinion fit the profile of a "muppet" just perfectly.

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Jor12 | 18 April 2017 - 17:36:34

Pauly44... "It's not the vans that are dangerous it's the uneducated muppets driving them" ... do you honestly consider this an educated, intelligent point that is logical and generally makes sense? What about this one, " you assume all muppets drive vans"... don't know where that comes from, or this, "...accepted definition, muppet is defined as "An incompetent or foolish person." Get real man, as far as I am concerned comments are unadulterable garbage. 
The only relevant comments are from Eagle and lizardofoz.

malczx7r...yes really you did, read your quote above. Where in my comment is there judgment of anyone? 

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Pauly44 | 18 April 2017 - 16:45:26

Eagle; I welcome differences of opinion as long as they are educated, intelligent points, are logical and generally make sense, it makes for interesting reading, but yours are non of these....

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Eagle | 18 April 2017 - 15:14:53

Pauly44,i understand that you would like to see me leaving this forum here,so you and some other hermits (or using Kurts words"Cordon Sanitaire"inhabitants)could post all your one-sided and often untrue comments unchallenged here.But i have to disappoint you,it wont happen.But i have a better idea for you.Why dont you and your buddies open their own platform.You could post whatever you want and you could block every comment you dislike.So both sides would be happy.

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malczx7r | 18 April 2017 - 14:17:00

Jor 12 strange I can judge and demean others, not really, you can't judge me as you've never seen me drive, I on the other hand drive here regularly so am in a position to judge my observations of how the driving is by these minivans, you only have to look at the news stories of road deaths caused by vans and near miss stories by people who use the vans to see how bad they drive.

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Pauly44 | 18 April 2017 - 07:59:54

Eagle & Jor 12, you are the outsiders on this comments platform haven't you noticed yet?? Constantly sympathizing with stupidity, it's high time you stop targeting posters having their say and start talking some sense or go

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Rorii | 17 April 2017 - 20:10:51

Eagle, paranoid... NO, fact is many good posts, that counter, particularly, Jor12, sometimes you, do NOT get posted, in fact the post on here was not posted until AFTER I edited it and added the very first paragraph. Paranoid, ridiculous, but something is happening at PN that does not bode well.

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Jor12 | 17 April 2017 - 19:48:35

malczx7r...very strange though that you can judge and demean others...hence the logic in my post, which clearly you are unable to comprehend usual your post is illogical and contains assumptions which are wrong and which you yourself have put forward an assumptive proposition. Given that I don't watch TV. a Google search tells me that "Muppet" is a program involving fictional characters for children. Don't know where you got your definition from. Probably from the muppet show?

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Eagle | 17 April 2017 - 15:01:21

Rorii,you start getting paranoid with the non posting of your comments and the allegedly protection of Jor12.And accusing the PN of having a structure as a dictatorship is just ridiculous.You need urgent treatment.The only shame i see is  you as a part of the expat community here,even though you are only an outsider.

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