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Phuket van drivers in brawl suspended six months

Phuket van drivers in brawl suspended six months

PHUKET: The three men involved in the car park brawl at the Khun Mae Ju tourist souvenir store on Thepkrasattri Rd yesterday ‒ all three being Phuket passenger van drivers ‒ have had their licences suspended for six months.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 21 September 2022, 06:49PM


Phuket passenger van drivers Nattapon Chaibutr, 43, from Saku, and Piya Limthareekul, 46, from Pa Khlok, at Thalang Police Station. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket passenger van drivers Nattapon Chaibutr, 43, from Saku, and Piya Limthareekul, 46, from Pa Khlok, at Thalang Police Station. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Kornphithak Asanasuwan of the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) confirmed the suspension today (Sept 21).

“It is a punishment to deter other drivers from such bad behavior, which negatively affects the image of Phuket as a tourist destination, especially in light of the people who drive public transport services in Phuket,” Mr Kornphithak said.

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident, which saw passenger van drivers Nattapon Chaibutr, 43, from Sakhu, and Piya Limthareekul, 46, from Pa Khlok, in a fight against another van driver, Chanon Pengthep.

During the fight, which was filmed on a mobile phone and the video clip posted online, one of the drivers pulled an axe out from his van and hit Mr Chanon on the head, resulting in an open wound that required hospital treatment.

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Officials have yet to identify exactly which driver, Nattapon or Piya, wielded the axe and struck Mr Chanon on the head.

While the fight ensued, two tourists, both Thai, were sitting in one of the vans right beside where the men fought.

Mr Kornphithak has already confirmed that the PLTO will not be taking any action regarding possible weapons and assault charges, as he said that was a matter for police.

Lt Col Kornphumphot Pongpaiboon, Chief of Investigation at Thalang Police Station, today called in staff from the store to give their witness statements.

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Capricornball | 22 September 2022 - 13:58:02

Anyone that is criminal enough to take an axe to another person's head for looking at him the wrong way is certainly not going to pay any attention to a silly suspension. For the damage to Phuket that these retards caused, not to mention the guy that got hit with the axe, both of these thugs should be in jail for 6 months and banned from ever driving public transport again.

JohnC | 22 September 2022 - 09:29:38

Do they really think these guys will not drive at all during a so-called 'licence suspension'. What % of Thais do you think even have a driving licence at all? Even if they have it was an under the table deal that still seems to be no problem to get for a 'small fee'. These animals 
will need money so they will find a way to continue working the only thing they know how to do; dri...

skorchio | 22 September 2022 - 00:53:18

The axe blow to the head is not a matter of concern for the PLTO. The same Govt organisation which sells concessions. So the governing body which issues permits for public transport organisations, has no problem with this.... one cant make it up .....

Fascinated | 21 September 2022 - 19:15:49

Ahh- the assault isn't important, its all about IMAGE. Good to know. These guys will already be on the road as it is unenforceable but they have been 'seen' to do something. As for the cops this will just slowly fade away.

 

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