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Phuket’s ‘intelligent’ traffic cameras too efficient for printing tickets

PHUKET: The “intelligent” red-light traffic cameras installed at five key intersections in Phuket in February this year are functioning so efficiently that the budget for printing the tickets cannot keep up, reports the Phuket Provincial Police.

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Shela Riva

Tuesday 15 August 2017, 04:05PM


Consequently police have temporarily stopped printing traffic tickets for those caught by the intelligent cameras, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen told The Phuket News.

“Currently, we are facing budget issues as the cost of printing the tickets is expensive, and there are a lot of cases – tens of thousands per month,” Gen Teeraphol said.

“It costs B19 to print one ticket, and when people do not pay them, we have to send more. Altogether, printing tickets has already cost B4-5 million,” he said.

The B16 million cameras and integrated technology, provided by the Safer Roads Foundation, have the ability to automatically trigger fines to be issued against the registered owners of vehicles caught entering the intersections. (See story here.)

“The most common fine we send out is for motorcyclists not wearing helmets. The second is vehicles running red lights and the third is speeding.” Gen Teeraphol explained.

“Tens of thousands of instances of motorcyclists without helmets are captured each month,” he added.

Statistics from the cameras show March as the month with highest number of no-helmet offenders with nearly 80,000 instances captured by the technology.

April, May, June and July were lower, ranging from 45,000 to about 60,000 no-helmet offences caught each month.

Offenders caught running a red light at all five intersections combined totalled 2,769 in February (the cameras were brought online on Feb 16) rising to 5,142 in May.

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Speeding cases range from under 100 monthly, to around 150 in May, and a 986 all-time maximum in June.

However, Gen Teeraphol admitted, “As there are so many cases, we have been unable to obtain payment from all of the cases. Right now, authorities have temporarily stopped printing the tickets.”

Gen Teeraphol did not disclose how much revenue from tickets from the cameras has been collected or the total amount outstanding, though just on the lowest estimates for tickets issued for no helmet fines alone at B200 each would have seen B54mn in fines issued.

Fines issued for running a red light at B300 each should have seen a further B5.886mn in fines issued. (See list of standard traffic fines here.)

Also, although the printing of tickets has been temporarily suspended, Gen Teeraphol was very clear that the cameras were still operating and compiling images and data on those caught breaking the law, presumably for tickets to be issued at a later date.

Regarding making the payment of traffic fines simpler, Gen Teeraphol added, “One of the processes the project is undergoing is to set up an intermediate payment system so that people can pay via through e-transfer instead of at the police station.

“This will be completed in about a month, in September,” he said.

“Also, there are plans to create a system in the future where the money paid by offenders may be used directly to fund the cost of making fines,” Gen Teeraphol concluded.

 

 

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kerbo | 17 August 2017 - 16:56:19

Don't pay the fine GOOD  take the Vehicle off them and crush it if they still wont PAY. JUST WHO IN CHARGE HERE Wouldn't have a problem taking a bribe. That's the THAI way.!!!

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malczx7r | 17 August 2017 - 15:58:58

Ah, the usual inept certain department that can't do it's job!

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Rorri_2 | 16 August 2017 - 17:23:18

This is the similar farce, as that from a few years ago, after they installed speed cameras, on the bypass road, they were catching too many, in an 80kph zone, so, in reasonable thai fashion what do you do, well they increased the trigger speed to 120kph.

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Jome | 16 August 2017 - 16:36:46

Phuket is  a Smart City.

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Pauly44 | 16 August 2017 - 12:20:07

No Joke Bentley and that's the sad part!

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CaptainJack69 | 16 August 2017 - 11:21:16

Gen Teeraphol talks about making the payment process easier, yet he himself doesn't seem to know that the fines can already be paid at any post office and not, as he says, only at the police station. He IS right though that it needs to be even easier. You can pay your electric and water bills (both government agencies) at any 7-11, why not traffic fines?

Seriously, this needs sorting out. Other provinces have been successfully using these systems for years but Phuket needs to wait to be gifted them? and then can't afford to run them? because their return is much less than 5% of what it should be? Come on!

These cameras are the perfect way to teach people to respect the roads and are just starting to take effect on the general social consciousness here. Facebook is a-buzz with people sharing pictures of their automatically generated traffic fines. Thai people are proud that they live in such a "hi-tech" country, but if they keep sharing that they aren't paying the fines, and that nothing is happening about it, guess what's going to happen...

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Sam hayman | 15 August 2017 - 23:16:11

Fantastic "no helmet fines alone at B200 each". 

Traffic camera's don't charge farung B500 each for "no helmet" fines like the dirty corrupt police do at road blocks

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Bentley | 15 August 2017 - 21:24:03

This has got to be a joke. The fines notices are just going to be ignored. There is not the infrastructure to enforce them. Especially if they cant afford to print a 19 Baht ticket!

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Foot | 15 August 2017 - 19:11:29

Comical.
As with so many instances, why not put the police to work?
The suggestion that this system can't be used because it's too successful is truly comical.
TIT

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Kurt | 15 August 2017 - 16:54:15

Thank you, Phuket Provincial police to inform us that we free again as birds. No more tickets! Thank you, thank you.

I was laughing about the justification of the move, with tears over my face.
I think any entrepreneur would love to invest B 19 to make at least B 300. Good profit.
Anyway, why not making fines at least B 600 - B 1000 ?
And if people not pay the fine, so you have to remind them, then a extra 100% charge on top ( administration fee!).

Funny, these 'intelligent' camera's are a gold mine!
Even without 'digging' for it! 
Just SMART Phuket law enforcement needed as the police general report so well the kind and numbers of traffic law violations , just by these 5 camera's!  
Good book keeping! So much money to earn.

And now? Stopped, nothing. No law enforcement at all. Pity.
Phuket has now 'intelligent' and efficient traffic camera's.
Now Phuket needs intelligent and efficient officials to handle them/exploit them. Simple.

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