The reader then put the pictures on Facebook.
Natalie Tour does not own tour buses. It charters six from other companies such as J&W Car Rental & Transport, or Best Way Trip Co.
It was one of J&W’s buses that crashed on December 29 with the loss of two lives.
Prasit Sornwattana, Phuket General Manager of Natalie Tour, said that the company has a new policy not to send buses over Patong Hill from east to west.
However, he said, “This morning a driver from Best Way Trip went over the hill.”
The manager of Best Way did not return calls this morning, but a member of the company’s staff told The Phuket News, “The bus went in for repair before the accident [of December 29] and this was the first time that it and the driver had been on the road since then.
“A notice telling the driver that he was not to use Patong Hill east-west was prepared, but he left this morning before we could give it to him.
“It won’t happen again.”