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Phuket Town officials start clearing footpaths, warn of B2k fines

PHUKET: Phuket City Council has started taking serious steps to keep the footpaths throughout the town clear of vendors’ stalls and illegally parked motorbikes.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 8 June 2019, 12:29PM

Officers from the law enforcement division of Phuket City Municipality started their campaign at 9am on Thursday (June 6), clearing all obstructions from the footpaths along Yaowarat Rd.

Ordered removed from the sidewalks were vendors encroaching onto the public walkways, and illegally parked vehicles.

The officers warned those caught that further infringements would see them fined up to B2,000.

Any obstructions that officers could not immediately find people responsible for were simply moved.

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“We ask for co-operation from everyone to make sure the footpaths and the sides of the roads are kept clear of any obstructions, such as from vendors or by people parking on the footpaths or illegally beside the road (in red-white no standing zones),” said an announcement issued by Phuket City Municipality this week.

“This is for safety, for the community and for maintaining orderliness – and keeps the footpaths clear for peolpe to walk along,” the announcement added.

People were invited to report any such obstructions by calling the Phuket City Municipality hotline at Tel. 1132.



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Fascinated | 11 June 2019 - 12:21:52

Maybe they can move on to Kamala next- there's a taxi parking on the footpath between the two sets of traffic lights every day at present. A local pub can't have a table on the pavement but the BiB see nothing wrong with a taxi!

Tinkerbell | 10 June 2019 - 19:11:47

Waiting for Karon Municipality to follow the example. 
But since these clever guys even put electric poles with dangerous pins sticking out on the yellow guide line for blind pedestrians, I have not much hope. A blind friend had a very dangerous near miss in Taina Road. 
Also wonder when they are going to clear bins/cones/laundry racks that 'reserve' parking spots on the public roads.

Kurt | 10 June 2019 - 10:35:42

I just love the spacious clean footpaths and the pedestrian crossings with their own traffic lights in Singapore and other smart countries where a pedestrian is a respected traffic participant. Were cars stop for crossing pedestrians.

DeKaaskopp | 09 June 2019 - 19:54:01

'A smart town like Singapore" That would be the worst case.Why doesn't the serial poster move to Singapore if he likes that stupid  place so much? Probably can't afford it!

Kurt | 09 June 2019 - 13:27:02

Lot of times there is complete absence of thinking/being considered about other people ( see photos) when they make sun shield with these steel bars,, put all kind of stuff for sale outside the shop, park motorbikes, even sell snacks/drinks on footpaths. It is all about .."me-me-me"..  It is good to tackle all that now. After all it is needed to become a 2019 Smart town like S'pore. ...

Steve wooly | 09 June 2019 - 08:08:03

I live in Kathu and it is virtually impossible to walk on the footpaths because of parked vehicles and street vendors,  and the footpaths that are clear ,are used by motorbikes because they are too impatient to wait in the traffic 

Shwe | 09 June 2019 - 05:50:58

are they going to move the power poles, light poles and trees from the footpaths as well?

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