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French consul voices support for crackdown on motorbike ’hoons’

French consul voices support for crackdown on motorbike ’hoons’

PHUKET: Alain Faudot, the French Honorary Consul in Phuket, accompanied by Christophe Hemmings, Consul at the French Embassy in Thailand, have expressed their thanks to the Phuket officials for the action taken in curtailing French tourists disturbing the peace with dangerous driving on motorbikes.

By The Phuket News

Friday 10 March 2023, 12:04PM

Mr Faudot and Mr Hemmings expressed their gratitude during a meeting with Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrambam yesterday (Mar 9).

Present for the meeting were several key Phuket officials, including Tourist Police and Adcha Buachan, Chief of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO).

Mr Hemmings thanked Vice Governor Anupap for the work done to take care of French nationals on the island, said an official report of the meeting.

“If French tourists who travel in Phuket do not comply with the laws of Phuket, I ask Phuket [officials] to take decisive steps, including by enforcing the deportation rule for tourists who do not comply with Phuket’s regulations,” he said.

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“France strongly supports the highest enforcement of the law for non-compliance tourists, especially regarding the traffic rules in Phuket. France would like to thank Phuket for taking good care of French tourists residing in Phuket,” he added.

V/Gov Anupap said that Phuket as a good host is very pleased to welcome tourists of all nationalities equally, which included reducing any harmful effects on tourists as well, said the report.

V/Gov Anupap thanked the French envoys for their understanding of the action taken by government officials and thanked him for seeing the importance it had for Phuket and Thailand.

“Phuket is a small place that French tourists love to visit,” he said.

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Kamala Pete | 14 March 2023 - 11:40:16

Christy/Kurt - according to the French gov a welfare recipient MUST "Be actively looking for a job or carrying out a training action".  O/s holidays on taxpayer's money is  forbidden.

Kurt | 14 March 2023 - 09:38:51

Bali solved the same problems with motorbike 'hoons' at once, 2 days ago.. From now on are foreign tourists on Bali not allowed to rent motorbikes. Problems solved. Koh Phuket can follow in that, instead of useless photo show talks with foreign Consuls, who are not the law enforcers on Phuket.

christysweet | 12 March 2023 - 12:20:25

HOw is it 'ripping off' if a citizen  chooses to spend their  entitlements in another county?

Kurt | 11 March 2023 - 10:57:21

Thailand (RTP/Immigration) must fine/deport the culprit. That is his punishment. After return in France he can't be punished again for the same violation that tookplace in another country.

Kurt | 11 March 2023 - 10:55:31

Fascinated, legal wise it's more complicated than you think. Consul has no legal powers in this, ( France has privacy laws) and how he knows about persons name, status in France as long the Phuket RTP let them continuous racing between Surin-Patong? A French unemployed person has right to go holiday abroad a few weeks. He just report to French Immigration when he departs. Thailand must fine/de...

Fascinated | 11 March 2023 - 10:17:03

Thanks for the egg sucking Kurt- read what I said about them ripping off their system.. Les Lapins are well known for ripping off the French welfare system whilst out here on holidays. the French Consul can forward the names to the Embassy in Bangkok and have them forward it to la Belle France. Do you approve of them ripping off their system?

Kurt | 11 March 2023 - 06:26:05

@Fascinated, traffic violations by law have to be 'punished' by enforcement officers in country were violation takes place. Read regular that Kamala Police doesn'r do that. Than you can't shift punishment to a homeland of a violator. What benefit computer do you mean? The one about unemployed persons? Cutting off not possible.

Fascinated | 10 March 2023 - 12:36:27

Its hardly 'curtailed'- people are rapidly getting tired of their antics and tempers are fraying. There's going to be a serious incident soon. 

Fascinated | 10 March 2023 - 12:34:35

i invite him to sit in the bus stop by the traffic lights in Kamala any day between 1730 and 1830 to witness the 'antics' of his countrymen. He'll see more than the BiB , who are strangely absent when these idiots are on the road back from Surin. If stopped by the BiB a get their names and run them trhough the benefit computer back home. Cutting off their funds will get rid of them.


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