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Truck caught refuelling Phuket speedboats at Rawai Beach – again

Truck caught refuelling Phuket speedboats at Rawai Beach – again

PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket office of the Ministry of Energy and Rawai Municipality have both vowed to track down and fine the driver of a fuel truck that continues to refuel speedboats directly from the Rawai beach road.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 05:23PM


The truck was caught refuelling directly from the Rawai beachfront yesterday morning (Nov 5). Photo: Supplied

The truck was caught refuelling directly from the Rawai beachfront yesterday morning (Nov 5). Photo: Supplied

The news came to the fore after The Phuket News received a photo showing the fuel truck carrying out its refuelling at 8:53am yesterday morning (Nov 5).

The Phuket News had already been informed that the practice had continued despite warnings earlier this year from the Phuket office of the Ministry of Energy and the Chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation division at Rawai Municipality (DDPM-Rawai).

The truck photographed yesterday bears the same license plate of the one that was photographed carrying out refuelling on the Rawai beachfront in May this year.

Phuket Energy Ministry office Chief Wirot Damkong told The Phuket News today (Nov 6), “I will send our officers to work with police – and with the Phuket Land Transport Office – to track down the driver and we will fine this person for refuelling in a public place.”

Mr Wirot repeated that refuelling in a public place is illegal under the Fuel Oils Control Act, as he had already explained earlier this year. (See story here.)

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However, Mr Wirot did not identify which section of the act was breached or define what the penalty is.

Pannee Raknai, who serves as the Rawai Municipality Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) and Chief of DDPM-Rawai, told The Phuket News, “I will report to our council that the truck in this photo has done it again, and we will make sure the offender is fined.”

However, Ms Pannee repeated, also as explained earlier this year, that the municipality itself is powerless to issue any fine for refuelling in a public area as there are no municipal regulations governing the practice – unless there is a spillage, for which the council may issue a fine for polluting the environment.

Regardless, Ms Pannee said she expected the fine to be no more than B10,000.

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alf | 07 November 2018 - 13:58:18

The best way to solve this would be to drop a lighted match near the truck when they are filling the boats' tanks (and of course then run very fast).
Then brown envelopes would not be a good reason anymore to avoid any action about the case.

malczx7r | 07 November 2018 - 09:59:07

Happened in Chalong everyday, what about fining the speed boats for not refueling in the correct place?  If the lazy officials could leave their AC offices they'd see it, my guess, they know it happens, but  only act when evidence shows their inaction, maybe the weight of all those brown envelopes stops them l

Shwe | 07 November 2018 - 05:37:33

yes safety is a big concern here, Ha Ha Ha

Kurt | 06 November 2018 - 23:32:58

Only fine the driver? That driver is sent by his boss, the owner. Why is the owner not arrested/fined? Is he one of the usual influentials on Phukt you not touch? Just fine a poor driver? That tanker is all around daily at beaches to do beach refueling. Who is the owner? A provincial official? A  police officer? A mayor? A bank manager? Where this tanker is loading the fuel for the beaches?

Nasa12 | 06 November 2018 - 18:12:30

Whay PN dont take a trip to Chalong and Rawai in the morning about 09.00 to 10.00 and take some picture and movie.

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