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What price safety? Thai government in dangerous U-turn on passenger safety

 

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BANGKOK: -- In a move that is bound to anger the travelling public the communications ministry has done what amounts to a dangerous U-turn on safety.

 

Following a series of outrageous accidents involving minivans the authorities vowed to bring in larger microbuses and offer incentives for the minivan owners to change.

 

But they have now abandoned plans to offer a 200,000 baht payment as an incentive to switch to what was hailed as a safer option for the travelling public.

 

Without explanation as to why the plans were not happening the under secretary at the ministry told Thai Rath that minivan owners would need to form cooperatives to get favorable terms to buy new vehicles.

 

There was no other help available to make things safer for the public.

 

The cost of the microbuses is around 2 million baht. Somsak Hommuang said that minivan owners who changed would be able to get loan deals for three years.

 

Only after that, he said, they could expect to make a profit.

 

Some 100 inter city and inter-provincial vans that are more than ten years old are expected to be replaced by the first batch of the larger microbuses from October 1st.

 

Plans are in place to replace all minivans by October 2019.

 

Thai Rath did not give details of the size of microbuses but prototypes in the media earlier indicated they would have around 21 seats.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 
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wakeupplease    1,840

Arms come first, is that why some are in London this week?

 

Na can't be too expensive, can get replicas from down the road. so out for a jolly then.

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nausea    1,053

They might try starting with the little things, I occasional use the minivan and the seatbelts are tied up like Gordian knots.

 

" ... the Thai government has passed a new law–effective 11 May 2014–that requires passengers in public transport such as buses and vans to wear their seat belts."

 

Enforcing that one might save a few lives.

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Bob12345    1,799
It doesn't matter what size mini/micro/maxi buses they have it will still be;
- no safety maintenence
- no replacement tryres
- no control of driving hours
- no drug/alcohol tests
- etc etc
The bigger the bus the more people injured ....................
We'll be reading about this problem for many years.

The idea is that a bigger bus is slower and in case of an accident it will offer more protection. Although thats just bad for the car they hit as it will be crushed completely.

The slower part could also be done by speed-limiting software but that would require checks to make sure it will not be overwritten by the driver and police cant be bothered to do any work.
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bkkcanuck8    1,478
2 minutes ago, alant said:

Poor people and unsuspecting tourists...

Just make it illegal for drivers to take tourists -- must take expensive taxi :shock1:

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alant    1,197
1 minute ago, bkkcanuck8 said:

Just make it illegal for drivers to take tourists -- must take expensive taxi :shock1:

that will solve it with all the law abiding van drivers keen to comply :laugh:

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electric    335

2,000,000 baht for a 21 seat mini bus seems pretty good value to me. It's not that much more than a fully equipped Toyota 15 seat van.

 

Not good news for Toyota though. They would be aghast at this new proposal. Their new van sales will go through the floor.

 

Would be really interesting to see what brand/layout/specs etc the Govt has in mind for these 21 seat new busses ? If they are proper half size tour coaches, then I think it's a beaut step in the right direction.

 

Unfortunately, 2,000,000 baht won't be enough for a quality mini coach.

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