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Kalim Beach restaurant fined for obstructing traffic

Kalim Beach restaurant fined for obstructing traffic

PHUKET: A restaurant in Kalim Beach has been fined after being found guilty by police of obstructing traffic by placing a series of traffic cones in a public parking lot.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 28 November 2021, 04:51PM

Photo: Patong Police Station Facebook

Photo: Patong Police Station Facebook

Attention was brought to the issue following a slew of complaints on various social media platforms that the restaurant, Mermaid de Sea Phuket, had illegally blocked off areas in front of its premises using the cones and that numerous cars, believed to be those of customers, had parked irresponsbily as a result, blocking traffic flow.

Officers from Patong Police station visited the site on Thursday evening (Nov 25) to inspect and confirmed the fine of B1,000 had been issued the following day for breach of Road Traffic Act 2522 stipulating obstruction of traffic is forbidden.

Police confirmed that they had discussed the incident with the manager and staff of the restaurant and that they understood that by placing the cones in a public parking area they were breaking the law and forcing cars to park elsewhere which, in turn, was blocking traffic.

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No arrests were made as the fine and a warning was deemed appropriate. The restaurant manager and staff acknowledged this and agreed to cooperate moving forward.

Police used the incident to issue a general reminder that blocking off public access areas and obstructing traffic is a crime and asked for people to respect the law and cooperate in future.

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Kurt | 29 November 2021 - 18:23:52

As long as vehicle business operators are allowed to use public space areas as their private business grounds and chase you away, the RTP allows that for ages already, than these business operators bribe the RTP to look the other way. Any other explanation? Mayors, Governors, general public, all know that mafia practise. Done so openly.

JohnC | 29 November 2021 - 10:03:23

Just curious, but has the RTP ever once fined car and motorbike rental operators that use the beachfront parking areas of Patong as their own private place of business stopping anyone else being able to park there? Try parking in those "public parking places" and see what happens to you and/or your vehicle.

Fascinated | 28 November 2021 - 18:55:19

Drive along the coast road north from the Muslim Cemetery in Kamala and all the 'establishments' along there have cones out. They seem to think they are special. One hotel even managed to get red and white no parking markers painted,  so the plebes can't park on a public road. Noise pollution is back as well courtesy of one establishment which still awaits prosecution for being a COVID...

Kurt | 28 November 2021 - 17:34:05

A fine of 1000 thb only?   Great example of how you make yourself as law enforcement organisation ridiculous when it come to traffic safety. Well, traffic safety is never a issue on Phuket as long people not make photo's and go public. Right?


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