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Governor targets tourist deaths on motorbikes

Governor targets tourist deaths on motorbikes

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew chaired a meeting yesterday (Apr 12) to focus on the problem of rental operators renting out motorbikes to tourists who end up killed or maimed in motorbike accidents while on holiday in Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 13 April 2023, 10:00AM

The aim of the meeting was to expedite efforts to resolve the problem, especially concerning motorbike operators renting out motorbikes to tourists after an increase in accidents, said an official report of the meeting.

Present for the meeting were Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam, and Udomporn Kan, Head of Phuket Provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket),. together with heads of relevant government agencies, said the report.

At the meeting representatives from the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket campus presented statistics showing that road accidents in Phuket involving tourists were “ quite high”, with tourists increasingly involved in accidents where the tourists were injured or killed.

Governor Narong said that the meeting discussed this time. to listen to opinions of relevant government agencies whether in the provincial transport, police, public health, disaster prevention and mitigation And other agencies to find solutions to the problem of road accidents that have become increasingly statistically, 

As of the time of the meeting (yesterday, Apr 12), in the previous two days four people, tourists among them, had died in road accidents, with motorbikes being the most common vehicle involved.

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Of note, only earlier yesterday morning Phuket officials, namely from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), reported zero deaths in Phuket from road accidents during the first day of the ‘Seven Days of Danger’ road and water safety campaign yesterday (Apr 11).

While feedback and opinions from those present were heard yesterday, the only result of the meeting was the same action that officials are already supposed to be taking: ensuring that rental operators do not rent vehicles out to tourists who do not have the correct licence.

People renting motorbikes without the correct licence were “unskilled, causing the accident”, said the report of the meeting.

“The province must have a way to solve problems by enforcing the law. Tourists who rent vehicles from rental operators must have a driver’s license, etc,” the report said.

“The province will set up a committee to come up with an action plan to solve the problem to see concrete results and be able to reduce accidents for both tourists and local residents,” the report concluded.

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BluePeterMarine | 15 April 2023 - 10:56:24

It seems that the author and the commentors forget the word INTERNATIONAL before driving licence. Most tourists have a driving licence they just forget to go to their local  Automobile Association to ask for that piece of paper that is called International driving licence. They forget because most countries do not require this as most licences are now also written in English. 

Kurt | 14 April 2023 - 11:12:49

Bali Government likes to stop tourists renting motorbike. It ssems that the Minister of Tourism in Jakarta doesn't agree and perhaps goes to block that Bali initiative. Wait to see what will be the outcome.

JohnC | 14 April 2023 - 08:39:11

For every tourist on a rental bike pulled over without a licence they will have the rental paperwork so even the RTP's finest should be able to find the rental shops. Inpound the bikes forcing the rentor/shop owner to pay heavily to get them back. They will soon stop renting to unlicenced tourists if it hurts their wallets.

SEC2 | 13 April 2023 - 16:49:53

It's really pathetic that city hall has to have a meeting about all the dead and injured tourists. And not have a workable solution.

Old guy | 13 April 2023 - 16:21:52

Fortunately, all these people are clogging the roads when there is a camera team there. 

Nasa12 | 13 April 2023 - 16:10:21

Ban all motorbike rentals like they are going to do in Bali.

maverick | 13 April 2023 - 11:59:05

Decent public transport addresses the problem - take away transport options without providing a cost effective alternative will  inhibit growth in tourism but developing public transport will involve taking on PLTO - a Pattaya baht bus type solution in Patong a good start - Naiharn bus would work as well 

Pooliekev | 13 April 2023 - 11:33:12

Tourists have to take their share of blame too. They know whether they're qualified or not, and by definition, they aren't children

Kurt | 13 April 2023 - 11:13:59

In general, a driving license, regardless a car or motorbike one, seems to be on Phuket just seen as a burden. RTP behavior confirms that. Police gives you a fine, and with the ticket you can free ride again for the rest of the day! The idea that police let someone continue driving without license is a big part of the driving problems on Phuket.

Kurt | 13 April 2023 - 10:53:44

...Enforcing the rubber law on Phuket is subordinate to agreements between rental shops and RTP. It's a 'brother and sister' thing. ( speaking in terms the Governor understands)

Paddy | 13 April 2023 - 10:53:09

They are too busy looking for over-stayers. Easy fix auction of every bike rented to a tourist without a license.

Kurt | 13 April 2023 - 10:50:13

Did 'Bangkok' order Phuket Governor, after many years ignoring the rental shops failing to obey Thai laws, start to pay attention about rental shops attitude/behavior? Because rental shops and RTP have a 'understanding'. What will the Governor do more than  talking about? Let's wait and see or any Governor action follows. Enforcing the rubber law on Phuket is subordinate to mad...

Fascinated | 13 April 2023 - 10:42:51

the problem it threefold- the 'but I'm on holiday' syndrome, people who think that the bikes are toys, and a complete ignorance of how dangerous the roads here are. Add in the fact that a lot of people who visit are used to driving on the other side of the road and its a recipe for disaster. One notices it with pedestrians as well- they often look the wrong way before stepping into the...

PlasticJim | 13 April 2023 - 10:32:42

What is problem??? If tourist are threaten by government using "wrong taxi app" these greedy rental shops should take responsibility renting bike to people who are not fit  or legal for roads. But we all know who give officals thicker envelopes.


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