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Road safety campaign to counter foreigners renting motorbikes

Road safety campaign to counter foreigners renting motorbikes

PHUKET: Foreigners renting motorbikes and driving dangerously on Phuket’s roads became the focus of attention at the daily briefing of the Seven Days of Danger safety campaign for New Year 2023 held at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Jan 3).

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 3 January 2023, 01:44PM

The meeting this morning discussed measures to control the driving of foreigners who rent motorcycles and drive on the roads. Such foreigners were more prone to being involved in accidents, noted an official report of the meeting.

Relevant agencies were ordered to find a way to prevent such foreigners from endangering themselves while in order to reduce further accidents, the report added.

The meeting, led by Lt Gen Natthaphong Yanothaikhachit, Deputy Director of the Phuket branch of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), which serves as the political arm of the Thai military, was held to update Phuket’s road safety officials with the latest tally for the Seven Days of Danger safety campaign for New Year 2023.

The Seven Days daily briefing this morning, held at Phuket Provincial Hall, was delivered by Pridi Engseng, of the Phuket Provincial office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket).

There were only six road accidents in Phuket yesterday recognised by officials, Mr Pridi reported.

Six people (four male, two female) were admitted to hospital for injuries sustained in road accidents on the island but there were no deaths on the island’s roads yesterday (Jan 2), he said.

The tally for yesterday brought the total for the Seven Days of Danger safety campaign for New Year 2023 to 24 people injured and one death in 24 road accidents since the campaign began at midnight last Thursday night.

Day 1 of the campaign was from midnight to midnight last Thursday (Dec 29). Yesterday (Jan 2) marked Day 5 of the campaign.

Of the 24 admitted to hospital for injuries so far throughout the campaign, 14 were male and the remaining 10 were female, the DDPM-Phuket Chief noted.

Motorbikes continued to be the most common type of vehicle involved in accidents during the campaign, said an official report of the meeting.

Risky driving behavior, drunk driving and speeding were the highest-ranking critical factors causing the accidents, the report added.

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Kurt | 06 January 2023 - 06:37:43

Robinphuket, if you find speed & helmets the biggest issues on Phuket to address than you miss a lot what has to be addressed. And, I never talked about rental shop practise changes. Just that I play innocent fresh tourist who goes to rent a motorcycle. And will share experience here without naming the 3 shops spread over Phuket , no naming/shaming! Speed humps on main roads? Realistic?

DeKaaskopp | 05 January 2023 - 16:41:51

@Robinphuket   That's exactly the reason for a certain old grumpy why he loves to live here. Many reason for him to complain/moan about it all day ! While most expats learn to get used to it, some never do !  

Robinphuket | 05 January 2023 - 12:34:16

Why you live here @Kurt. I see you often comment and i cant remember you ever saying something nice about living in Thailand. Re Road accidents and deaths. Speed and helmuts are probably the biggest issues. Get rental shops to change their practises shows me a total lack of understanding of local culture. IMO. Speed humps are cheap and will slow people down. Easy way to save lives

Kurt | 05 January 2023 - 10:08:46

Harald, stop twisting around with nonsense. We, living here permanent know very well about Thai culture, mentality and corruption-tradition. We like anything except not enforcing Thai laws. Laws in place to save lives. Not enforcing these laws by Thai Officialdom is a point of attention/concern.  Is that for you so difficult to understand?

harald | 05 January 2023 - 09:16:56

by the way. someone has a driver's license themselves, it's no use if someone can't ride a bike or drive a car and is totally overwhelmed by traffic here. i know both thais and farangs who have been driving here without a license for years without an accident. in addition, some act as if there were only accidents here, where there are almost more bikes and cars than residents

harald | 05 January 2023 - 09:07:26

i ask myself once more, reading the comments of certain armchair experts who live here and have no idea about thai culture, mentality, traditions, etc., why they live here if they don't like anything here and don't fit. i would never live in a country where i don't like anything, i would criticize everything.

Kurt | 05 January 2023 - 07:23:27

JohnC, what RTP job? RTP suppose to enforce the existing laws about rental shops. I don't do that,  just do a trail as 'tourist', refusing hand over passport, and not having a motorbike license. How you can call that a RTP job? And I will not do 'name & shame'. Done already 1 rental shop. Outcome is bewildered.

SEC2 | 04 January 2023 - 14:35:53

@ Kurt  Maybe PN can hire you as an investigative reporter?  

SEC2 | 04 January 2023 - 14:34:48

I'm not sure if it's really legal to give your passport as a "deposit" to a secondary person. Even if legality was an issue here. 555  I read this on the internet:  " Your passport does not belong to you (it belongs to your government), so it is not appropriate for anybody to use it as security against a loan or rental. " I'd never do it, that's for sure.

Ash Ward | 04 January 2023 - 10:50:53

@ Robin Lee, tourists do need hold a motorcycle  license from their home country to ride a motorbike in Thailand, that is why the RTP target tourists. I'm sure locals and expats will agree.

JohnC | 04 January 2023 - 09:37:18

Having said that I do agree that the problem starts with the rental shops NOT caring whether tourists have bike licences. "Pay the money give me your passport and off you go". This has been going on for the almost 30 years I've been here. NEVER give your passport to somebody else. If they won't accept a copy of it then you know they are a dodgy operator.

JohnC | 04 January 2023 - 09:32:24

@Capt B. Kurt thrown in the monkey house or a mental asylum for behaving like an a..hole should not be a concern for anybody else. In fact it will give the rest of us a much needed break from his rants and conspiracies. Please continue with your 'investigation". I look forward to reading about a dodgy foreigner locked up for trying to do the RTP's job. LOL.

Bobdown | 04 January 2023 - 09:19:01

In 15 years of annual visits have never been asked for license by hire "companies"

Robin Lee | 03 January 2023 - 23:03:51

I don’t think that all foreigners renting motorcycles possess a motorcycle license. All they need is to hand their passport to the motorcycle rental’s owner. That’s it. Ironically Thais and expats are required to have a motorcycle license but foreign tourists do not need a license? 

Timothy | 03 January 2023 - 17:26:29

maverick, the real problem is that the Land Transport Dept is the mafia in charge of all this BS. Un-metered taxis, No Public transportation, Tuk Tuks taking all parking and operating without meters. The few meter taxis allowed to charge triple BKK rate. Not allowing taxis to pick up in all areas. Rental shops renting to unlicensed tourists. All the illegal cash flowing up to the LTD.

maverick | 03 January 2023 - 16:31:07

Improve public transport -simple solution but taxi mafia won’t allow that - consequence is carnage on the roads welcome back high season 

Capt B | 03 January 2023 - 16:18:48

@Kurt- Please don't do that as you may end up in the monkey house. You have to also consider that the authority may commit you to a Mental Asylum,  without your telephone. 

solar_serfer | 03 January 2023 - 15:56:34

of 6 accidents, how many involve foreigners? none? and 1 death? also local driver? maybe its hight time stop telling your citizens sweet lies about foreigners being the source of trouble. Locals are the dangerous drivers, having lived in Thailand for more than 2 years I can safely assume that. 99% of the time I feel unsafe on the road is because the loco locals going loco on their vehicles. cumon

Fascinated | 03 January 2023 - 14:49:05

Hmmm- if only they started with all the establishments that RENT the bikes and prosecuted THEM. Some of these idiots wobbling down the road and stopping because they are following their phones not their eyes really do demonstrate natural Selection.

Kurt | 03 January 2023 - 14:16:03

I am going to visit 3 rental shops, wil pretend to rent a motorbike, not having a motorbike license. See what happen. I will report than later here in PN. Hussling foreign tourist by officialdom, being so open corrupt, has to stop. Enough is enough.

Kurt | 03 January 2023 - 14:11:28

The relevant Officials/RTP are dumber dan dumb!  What makes their brain doesn't make them understand than the first step is to get the THAI rental shops obeying the THAI laws ( sorry, waist of writing, they will not do that). Traject is: Shops rent out, take passport, brown envelope for officials to look away, than hit the tourists for more money. Disgusting practises.


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