CLASSIFIEDS ONLY THB 2,500 + VAT FOR 3 LANGUAGES The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Official roll-out of Phuket Smart Bus delayed

PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that the official launch of Phuket City Development Co Ltd’s (PKCD) Smart Bus project has been delayed until the end of March due to the need for conducting further checks for all ten of the buses.

technology, transport,

Shela Riva

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 11:32AM

The launch has been delayed to ensure each of the buses' GPS system is fully functional. Photo: Supplied
The launch has been delayed to ensure each of the buses' GPS system is fully functional. Photo: Supplied

PKCD Executive Director Watchara Jaru-ariyanon explained to The Phuket News today (Mar 6), “It is better if we conduct further checks on the buses’ GPS systems and smart card payment system on all ten buses before we offer the service.

“At first we thought we would begin the service after the launch [on Feb 28] but the team has decided it would be better to test the systems for a month to make sure that the card charges the right amount of money, and ensure that the GPS and mobile application, which is upcoming, are accurate.

“There have been initial issues with the system in Bangkok, so we want to make sure we have no problems here. We want to be sure,” he said.

“Everything is ready, so the trial period will be finished no later than this month, possibly within March.

“For more information you can visit where there is a Q&A section that responds to all queries,” added Mr Watchara.

Word of the delay surfaced after interested users of the service noticed that the geo-location of most of the smart buses have been in Phuket Town since the Feb 28 launch (see story here), which is outside of the West Coast route that the buses are supposed to serve.

World Cup League @ BISP

“The buses are mainly being tested in Phuket Town. Although some will take turns going along the West Coast route for testing throughout the day as well,” said Mr Watchara.

The change comes after the buses already began picking up passengers from Phuket Airport, with one local expat who experienced the service as a passenger, name withheld, commenting last week:

“Took a ride today from Tatyana Novikova’s salon to Tesco and back. We were the only passengers on board. Payment in cash was accepted, aircon works. Overall, it can be used. Btw, we got on a bus that wasn’t listed on the website. Seems like not all of them transfer data yet,” the reader said.

However, Mr Watchara confirmed today that the buses are now not offering any services to passengers during the trial period.

“During this time, it’s better that we don’t pick up any passengers,” he said.



The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
   => Forget password?

ematt | 08 March 2018 - 09:44:10

The article - if you read it - is exceedingly clear. Never-the-less, experts posting here immediately present an alternate reality.  Maybe PN editors should let these posters vet articles before publication? In order to, you know, filter out any actual facts....

The Phuket News

DeKaaskopp | 07 March 2018 - 22:16:52

"In Singapore they were laughing"Why? Are they as spiteful as you are?

The Phuket News

Discover Thainess | 06 March 2018 - 18:45:54

I wonder if this is anything to do with anyone trying to block the service from operating. Also, why on Earth not have multiple bus stops in each town, in Patong for example by simon cabaret, marlin plaza, old absolute hotel, then bangla, dolphin roundabout, kalim, near Pan Yaah etc. Or can the bus be flagged down anywhere?

The Phuket News

marcher | 06 March 2018 - 18:20:14

You're forgetting this is Thailand. Everything is delayed for any type of reason. Take the election for instance

The Phuket News

Kurt | 06 March 2018 - 12:27:34

A passenger bus operational system trial should be done with passengers.
How to do a operational trial without passengers?

So, what is really going on or not going on now for another 1 month?
One month? Looks like the 'trial staff' have to come from Bangkok.
In Singapore they were laughing.

The Phuket News
Matches 5 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments

Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors

Neither sad nor bitter,it's more like being very amused when reading something like:"The reason i rent is because these people can't sell...(Read More)

Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

As I said this is what Thai fishing boats do, they destroy all marine life caught in their long line nets, zero regulation/ sustainability, authoritie...(Read More)

Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

So.. we can "expect the penalty against him to be very serious", somewhere along the lines of Premchai the jaguar killer and soup mak...(Read More)

Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

5 more days searching. Who is paying for that? The owner or the Captain of the fishing boat? On top of a 100,000 thb fine or so? Must be more, as russ...(Read More)

Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors

DKP- you really are a sad and bitter person aren't you!The reason I rent is because these people CAN'T sell their properties and have to rent ...(Read More)

Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket

A dead shark fall deep on bottom of the sea because it has not a swim bladder with air but use its fins to go up and down; So, the whale shark is on t...(Read More)

Public rallies banned for coup anniversary

Why is a unelected army Junta afraid of democratic peoples movements calling for democracy? Up to 3520 police officers to protect the few Junta Gener...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic

You can't impose fines, because there is never anyone available to enforce anything. You have to sting them right at the point of purchase, and it...(Read More)

Phuket Governor orders public vote on marina project amid concerns over coral damage

Based on my experience after seeing many controversial projects, the main selling of a project is done by wealthy interests with no interest other tha...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic

In developed countries, there is usually a charge of some kind for plastic. The money generated is then used to clean things up and process the trash...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Weird World
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.