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Phuket Gov urges stricter enforcement of tourist bus safety measures

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Feb 16) convened a meeting of government officials where he called on them to strictly enforce the tour bus safety measures implemented after a spate of accidents in mid-2017.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 17 February 2018, 01:50PM


The meeting, convened by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, was also attended by Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) Chief Banyat Kanth as well as officials from the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office and Phuket Tourist Police. Photo: Phuket PR Office

The meeting, convened by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, was also attended by Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) Chief Banyat Kanth as well as officials from the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office and Phuket Tourist Police. Photo: Phuket PR Office

(See story here)

The meeting, held at the Governor’s House, was attended by Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) Chief Banyat Kantha as well as officials from the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office and Phuket Tourist Police.

Gov Norraphat said, “There are too many bus accidents in Phuket and nearby provinces and most of these buses are transporting foreign tourists. We have prevented many accidents by checking that buses are mechanically sound and by limiting the number of hours bus drivers can work."

“Every bus also has to install a GPS device and officials have to strictly check the condition of buses, especially those that have been in use for a long time. All buses must be ready to service passengers and provide for safe travel."

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“On the other hand, accidents are still happening, for example, the driver of a Chinese tour bus which crashed into a power pole in Krasom district of Phang Nga yesterday morning (Feb 16), injuring 18 Chinese tourists, one seriously. The bus driver, who fell asleep at the wheel, died at the scene .” (See story here)

"As Phuket has many tour buses, we have to increase the strictness with which these preventative measure are enforced,” Gov Norraphat added.

 

 

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CaptainJack69 | 18 February 2018 - 11:22:00

"Phuket has many tour buses". Actually no, increasingly buses on our roads are registered in other provinces. Maybe there's a link between Phukets (recent) stricter enforcement of vehicle safety inspections and crack-down on corrupt officials? Maybe such practices are still rampant in these other provinces?

BenPendejo | 17 February 2018 - 23:37:52

Blad di blah di blah.  This article could have been much shorter. "The Governor met with a bunch of do-nothings to act like they are doing something about Thailand being at the bottom of the international death rate toilet, and we all know that nothing will change". And why someone from the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office?, unless he urged to keep news about tourist deaths on the down-l...

goingeasy | 17 February 2018 - 22:49:59

Easy catch for the officers : morning from 7AM, afternoon 4 PM, at the 7/11 shop at Soi Yamu, Paklohk., heading pier. At least 40 buses every day.

Kurt | 17 February 2018 - 17:52:42

How may years now we see these Phuket thai long table talks on Photos?
Any outcome, result after all these useless bla bla's? NO
Just talks/show for press.  
A useless feel happy attempt, something people feel cynical about.
Lies, denials, and fake talks.
Results, out come?  ZERO.

Foot | 17 February 2018 - 16:11:59

Is this the usual official lip service provide by the authorities?  
Hope not.
The comment by malczx7r is spot on.
If the police consistently did their job, there'd be far less road carnage of all kinds.

malczx7r | 17 February 2018 - 13:54:16

Maybe if the traffic police actually did something and drivers got serious punishment along with the bus owners things might change but alas, all talk as usual, i'll not hold my breath!

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