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PLTO approves Phuket Smart Bus for operation, service to begin Feb 28

PHUKET: An official press release sent to The Phuket News today (Feb 19) by Phuket City Development (PKCD) confirms that the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) has approved their Smart Bus initiative and that the service is set to commence on Feb 28.

By Shela Riva

Monday 19 February 2018, 05:38PM

From right: PKCD chairman Karn Prachumpan, Chief of the PLTO Banyat Kantha, Head of Vehicle Inspection of the PLTO Decha Patawanich and PKCD staff. Photo: PKCD

From right: PKCD chairman Karn Prachumpan, Chief of the PLTO Banyat Kantha, Head of Vehicle Inspection of the PLTO Decha Patawanich and PKCD staff. Photo: PKCD

PKCD chairman Karn Prachumpan recently welcomed officials from the PLTO for an inspection of the Phuket Smart Bus at the PKCD office at Central Festival East.

Chief of the PLTO Banyat Kantha and Head of Vehicle Inspection of the PLTO Decha Patawanich visited the PKCD office to conduct a system check of the Phuket Smart bus and they confirmed that it was fit for carrying passengers.

The smart vehicle passed all of the PLTO’s requirements and is set to be launched on Wednesday, Feb 28.

There are currently four vehicles on the island, with the other six set to arrive in Phuket before the launch, confirmed PKCD’s public relations today.


Executive Director of Phuket City Development Co Ltd (PKCD) Watchara Jaru-ariyanon told The Phuket News on Feb 3, “The bus route will start from the airport and go to Cherng Talay, Surin, Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata, Rawai and then back along the same route.

“We are launching the service of nine smart buses on Feb 28. This is the date that we are working towards,” he said.

“Although nine buses are to be operational, one is kept aside in case replacement is needed. So we have 10 buses,” he added. (See story here.)



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lowprofile17 | 20 February 2018 - 18:58:58

I do hope they will be better maintained than the current ones. I was passed by one a few days ago and was engulfed in filthy black exhaust smoke. And not for the first time.

opinioated farange | 20 February 2018 - 15:09:50

I'll be using it even though I have a car and motorbike. I want it to  succeed  as it is important to both residents and tourists.

BenPendejo | 20 February 2018 - 00:55:39

Glad that brand new buses driven by professional drivers met the tough scrutiny of PLTO (cough, cough).  I look forward to seeing a new, fresh and desperately needed alternative to public transportation on Phuket. I hope this takes off like wildfire, and that it is able to set the new standard in public transit.

Discover Thainess | 19 February 2018 - 18:58:12

Wonderful news - good luck to this business - I am so excited to be able to use it. 

Kurt | 19 February 2018 - 18:37:36

Great, approved! let's start. Wish them success

Let just hope that Governor and relevant Officials, including RTP, are also ready/ prepared to safe guide this new and needed bus operation!

A failure will reflect on Governor's further career, and in international press Phuket's reputation will become more damaged than it already is by taxi, Van, and tuk tuk business practise

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