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

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bkkcanuck8    1,478
4 minutes ago, electric said:

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.

For a quality mini coach you would have to increase ticket prices many multiples of what it is now.

 

And then the question becomes -- if they do that then why have vans ... you would be back to taking an inter-city bus.

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aussie11950    150
1 hour ago, masuk said:

The compulsory annual vehicle check for all public vehicles will ensure the usual high standard of safety:  brakes, seat belts, exhaust pollution.

 

Duck!  here comes another pig!!  :sorry:

They already do the annual inspection.

Thai style !

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trainman34014    5,654
2 hours ago, Moonmoon said:

This government is all talk no walk. 

The only thing they are good at is adjusting attitudes thats all.

Oh; come on, they did get the price of Lottery tickets lowered !    Lol.

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LNKDES1    97
4 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Poor people take the mini vans.

 

If they were "good" people, they would own cars.

So what you're saying is, 'poor people' are not 'good people'? If that is the case, what an asinine thing to say, Mr Holier than thou.

 

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4MyEgo    1,822

I say things are changing now, then tomorrow, I change my mind, same same

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thaibeachlovers    9,472
3 hours ago, nausea said:

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.

This article and the responses I have read ignore the one and only reason the vans are dangerous- the drivers are crazy, and drive like wannabe F1 drivers.

Easily solved by installing speed limiters on every van for hire.

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Bob12345    1,812

Easily solved by installing speed limiters on every van for hire.

And just as easy to de-activate the speed limiter till your next van checkup.

Remember there is no working police force in Thailand.
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Bob12345    1,812
So what you're saying is, 'poor people' are not 'good people'? If that is the case, what an asinine thing to say, Mr Holier than thou.
 

I dont want to be the one explaining jokes, but the "general consensus" in Thailand is that your wealth represents if you are a good person.

Rich people do no wrong and get a more lenient type of justice because the only way they can be rich is by being a good buddhist/person in their previous lives.
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Media1    90

Very simply. This is not a real government and they are absolutely stupid and that's being kind. Whole Thai family's on bikes no helmets. No law enforcement enforced unless it's a farang. 

This story is simply they won't spend money on Thai people. No rubbish bins in streets. No council workers only on gardens with royalty. No electricity safety checks. In fact no nothing. Where's Thaksin bring him back.

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zydeco    3,962
4 hours ago, bkkcanuck8 said:

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

I often take a minivan from Central World back out to around Central Pinklao.  It's easier to get a seat on one than find a taxi willing to go.  And it's only 30 baht.

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LNKDES1    97
2 hours ago, Bob12345 said:


I dont want to be the one explaining jokes, but the "general consensus" in Thailand is that your wealth represents if you are a good person.

Rich people do no wrong and get a more lenient type of justice because the only way they can be rich is by being a good buddhist/person in their previous lives.

Quite the joke, but unfortunately not very funny.  And 'No', wealthy people get a more lenient type of justice because.......................... well, I think you know the answer to that one. 

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VBF    472

Shouldn't the title of this thread be:

"What price safety human lives? Thai government in dangerous routine U-turn on passenger safety

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Ceruhe    479
9 hours ago, webfact said:

has done what amounts to a dangerous U-turn on safety.

Had to stop reading there. Is this a double negatvie or something? Considering how safety-less this country is, making a U-turn on that, a dangerous one none the less, should mean Safety First might finally make it into the Top 5  Top 10 list?

 

Whatever they had planned was bound to fail from the get go anyhow, the basics aren't even covered yet to any acceptable degree.

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CantSpell    781
5 hours ago, electric said:

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

 

Maybe they are coming as freebies with the submarines... high quality :cheesy:

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