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Police target rental companies taking public parking spaces

Police target rental companies taking public parking spaces

PHUKET: Pol Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Police, has ordered officers to take action against any motorbike rental shops that occupy public parking spaces solely for presenting their rental bikes to customers.

By The Phuket News

Monday 3 April 2023, 12:42PM

In an order issued on Saturday (Apr 1), Maj Gen Sermphan instructed Phuket City Police Chief Col Pratuang Pholmana to spearhead efforts to make parking spaces available again to the public, with special attention to be given to motorbike rental operators on Montri Rd, in Phuket Town.

Maj Gen Sermphan explained that police had received many complaints of rental operators occupying public parking spaces on the streets, leaving other people, including local residents, nowhere to park.

Initial efforts are to explain to motorbike and car rental operators that public parking spaces are for public use.

Officers are also to remind the operators that any person renting a vehicle, both Thais and foreigners, must have the correct licence, the order added.

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Meanwhile, rental operators were informed that placing any objects, such as signs, chairs or any other object, to reserve parking spaces for their own use was illegal under the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country B.E. 2535 (1992). (See here.)

The Phuket Info Center, operated under the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, this morning posted a notice by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) warning that under Section 19 of the Act, offenders who place any objects that obstruct traffic without permission from the relevant official may be fined up to B10,000.

In line with how the Act is enforced in Bangkok and Pattaya, people who provide photo or video evidence when reporting other people reserving public parking spaces for their own use stand to receive 50% of the fine imposed, the CIB warning explained.

Further fines that may be imposed on people who reserve public parking spaces for their own use included a fine of up to B500 under the Traffic Act and a fine of up to B5,000 under the Criminal Code, the CIB warning noted.

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Kurt | 04 April 2023 - 11:38:06

Typical Phuket Problem deviation. Make people forget the bad water quality of beaches, make them attend parked rental motorbikes, wow, habit of decennia. I give Phuket Officialdom 2 weeks to prove that they do what they say about getting these motorbikes of the road. Will turn out to be wishfull thinking. A lot of noise, ordering, etc., but nothing change. Where else to park?

JohnC | 04 April 2023 - 09:17:38

Hasn't changed since the early 90s. Rental shops, just like tuk tuks and taxi thugs, park where ever the hell they choose to and woe betide anyone who opposes them. They simply don't care about anyone but themselves. This will be another farce just like all their other 'attempts' at controlling these mouth breathers.

charles | 03 April 2023 - 22:29:02

same thing with tuk tuks parked at north end of Kata beach , its not designated as  taxi parking but just watch the tuk tuk drivers get mad at people, also i Kata on rd from Makro to beach has about 50%  covered by bike rentals 

Old guy | 03 April 2023 - 18:29:20

It's reassuring to learn that the authorities want to pursue parking criminals and not waste resources on reckless drivers, speeders, and drunk drivers. LOS, indeed. 

Old guy | 03 April 2023 - 18:24:36

A freelancer could take photos while she's working for extra income! She could then post the videos on UTube, using the same camera to make even more! And, no work permit required. 

Old guy | 03 April 2023 - 18:19:09

Would a falang need a work permit to walk around taking thousands of photos and getting the rewards? 

Fascinated | 03 April 2023 - 12:56:11

Lets see if they enforce the tuk tuks by the cemetery in Kamala blocking spaces- I won't hold my breath. I hate to think what they'd do if I took pictures.


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