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Phuket officials call in ‘out of province’ tour buses for brake checks

PHUKET: Following the tour bus crash on Patong Hill on Sunday night that wiped out several vehicles, including a tuk-tuk carrying tourists, and left dozens of people injured, the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has “invited” tour buses registered in other provinces to have their brakes checked.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 9 August 2017, 11:40AM

The “invitation” came yesterday (Aug 8) in a formal announcement issued by the PLTO.

The announcement followed Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong ordering a raft of safety measures to prevent further devastating accidents on the steep hill road after personally inspecting the crash site with PLTO Chief Banyat Kantha on Monday (Aug 7). (See story here.)

“Many tour bus accidents on Phra Baramee Rd in Patong have caused damage to both life and property. Most of these tour buses (in accidents on Patong Hill) were registered outside Phuket,” PLTO Chief Banyat pointed out in the official notice yesterday.

“The PLTO is one of the government offices responsible for checking vehicles (for safety) in order to increase the level of prevention and decrease the number of accidents for brake failure.

“The PLTO is willing to provide brake-system tests so that tour buses are safe,” he added.

“The PLTO is asking for the cooperation from every tour bus owner and all tour bus drivers that are not registered in Phuket to have the brake systems on their tour buses checked,” Chief Banyat said.

The checks will be made at the PLTO offices on Rattanakosin 200 Pi Rd near Saphan Hin (see map below) from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, Aug 19.

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Appointments are necessary and must be made by calling the PLTO at 076-220792, Chief Banyat noted.

The accident on Sunday night left two people, tour bus driver 65-year-old Prajuab Sirikul and motorbike driver Atsawadee Jesawa, 31, in serious condition in hospital. (See story here.)

The bus involved in the accident was registered in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

The accident on Sunday followed two tragic tour bus crashes on Patong Hill claiming three lives in less than two weeks.

On the night of July 10, a tour bus crash killed a 10-year-old boy and his father, both Chinese tourists on holiday in Phuket. (See story here.)

That accident came less than two weeks after another runaway tour bus killed a 40-year-old woman who happened to be riding a motorbike on the street where all drivers of out-of-control “brake failure” buses aim to come to a rest, instead of slamming into a concrete wall beside the entrance to the street. (See story here.)

Together, the two accidents left nearly 50 people, mostly tourists, injured.



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Jor12 | 11 August 2017 - 18:04:23

Rorri_2...unbelievable. Read what you said, "you raised stats for Thailand, which is irrelevant, a raise of 44% for Thailand does not equate to a 44% raise for Phuket, or any other province." So you too "are telling me that of the 44% increase in passenger numbers, none of these passengers come to Phuket."  What can't you understand about that?

Rorri_2 | 11 August 2017 - 16:56:52

Jor12, I didn't say that at all,  but it seems impossible for you to understand, 44% for Thailand, does NOT equate to 44% for Phuket, I do hope this is SIMPLE enough for you talk about an augmentative fool, you can't , even with your "higher" intelligence, understand the simplest of things.

Jor12 | 11 August 2017 - 12:06:59

Rorri_2...try read and understand what I said. ..."you are telling me that of the 44% increase in passenger numbers, none of these passengers come to Phuket." presume a lot, which is not uncommon for commentators on here. You too should read and comprehend what I said in response to Spider's incorrect statement. "The point is there has been an increase of 44% fr...

Rorri_2 | 11 August 2017 - 06:28:24

Jor12, just to bring you back on track, you raised the stats when replying to spider, whose comment was based on Phuket, you raised stats for Thailand, which is irrelevant, a raise of 44% for Thailand does not equate to a 44% raise for Phuket, or any other province.

And let's  not forget the old saying "there's statistics, statistics and then there's the truth.

MartinK | 10 August 2017 - 22:29:53

No, Jor12 that is not what I am saying as you well know. The stats you quoted say nothing about an increase in tourist numbers. They say that there was a 44% increase in Russian visitors to Thailand. Two very different things. What I am pointing out is that Thailand uses different measurements for their tourist numbers than other countries and it requires some thought and analysis before acceptanc...

Jor12 | 10 August 2017 - 11:36:52, based on your faulty reasoning, what you are telling us is that the 44% increase in tourist numbers, are merely transiting passengers, because as you state none spend any money? To use your logic, even if .001% of the 44% spent money here, there is an increase in numbers. 

And still using your comments, if it is statistically irrelevant as you state, why give mathematicians a job ...

MartinK | 09 August 2017 - 23:12:50

Jor12 yes it does matter. Using overall Thai tourist numbers provides no proof that local numbers are up, it is statistcally speaking irrelevant. There is little co-relationship between "landings" in Thailand overall and tourist numbers in Phuket. The correct statistical measurement for tourism in an area is usually not visitors but $'s spent.  Due to a lack of transparency/accuracy/...

Jor12 | 09 August 2017 - 21:15:56

Discover Thainess...does it matter? The point is there has been an increase of 44% from the previous year, not a decline or remaining static, as has been suggested. 

Christy Sweet | 09 August 2017 - 20:02:14

Jor 12, Spider's comment was specific to Phuket. Your stats are for Thailand. 

Discover Thainess | 09 August 2017 - 17:34:23

@Jor12, there was also a mass exodus before 2016 when the rouble crashed. Russian arrivals are indeed increasing. I wonder if they are back to their levels before the rouble crash? I have no idea but would be interested to know.

Jor12 | 09 August 2017 - 13:39:18

Spider... yep, the "tourists are voting with their feet and wallets" as an article here states today, "The number of Russian citizens visiting Thailand for tourism purposes is steadily growing: in the first quarter of 2017, about 489,000 Russians visited Thailand, which is 44% more than in 2016."... and that's only for Russians!

spider | 09 August 2017 - 12:55:45

INVITED ???????
Prosecution rests. When will somebody stand up and take responsibility? Blind leading the blind.Tourists are now voting with their feet and wallets. Phuket was dying a slow death but now further ineptitude has sped up the process. RIP

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