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Moti24    551

"What should Phuket do about the deadly Patong Hill road? "

 

Make a "Park and Ride" area at the top, and install a couple of cable cars; the annual revenue from that would keep the elected officials in a job for life.

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LivinginKata    7,200
21 minutes ago, Moti24 said:

"What should Phuket do about the deadly Patong Hill road? "

 

Make a "Park and Ride" area at the top, and install a couple of cable cars; the annual revenue from that would keep the elected officials in a job for life.

 

Really Really ... are you just trolling.

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YetAnother    1,939
Posted (edited)
4 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

How about a video?

See below.

 

In my country this would be taunted as a molehill.

But here it is a bloody dangerous mountaineous road.

What a joke.

Incompetent/lunatic drivers, unsafe vehicles.

That's the danger of Patong hill.

I would say that San Francisco has a 100 Patong hills?

 

 

per the video, right around the 3 minute mark, you can start to see the problem; larger vehicles crowd over;

road is too narrow for today's speeds

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Godang    109
5 hours ago, BifBaker said:

Got a Pic of that hill?

 

You should try a ride on it. Quite a hair raising ride.

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Godang    109
5 hours ago, perthperson said:

Have a 24/7 heavy vehicle/bus inspection station on the Phuket town side of the hill. In addition to a visual inspection of vehicles demand records of maintenance, roadworthiness inspections, driver's license  and adequate insurance prior to being allowed on the hill 

Not going to stop drivers using brakes and not using transmission to retard vehicle.

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4evermaat    547

3 prong approach:

1) Relieve a lot of traffic congestion with regular, accessible public transportation. Change out 90% of the tuk tuk amd have instead songtheaws (baht bus) that regularly cruise common routes. (over patong hill is one of them).


2) require a brake check of all vehicles beyond a certain size (commercial trucks, coach buses, etc) at the top of any hill of a certain height that exceeds 20% angle (patong is probably more like 40% downgrade in some areas).

In the case where the hill isn't too wide, you would have the brake check at the bottom of the hill (each side) . Turn the bus around if they fail brake test.

3) require use of engine brake and lower gear prior to decent (no shifting of gear)

4) (bonus) consider a truck-only route to get to/from patong (Large commercial vehicles). They can only use this route.

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Ulic    3,273

Cars and motorbikes/scooters only. No trucks or busses.

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9 hours ago, schlog said:

All vehicles with less and more then 4 wheels must drive in the left lane.

 

For every break failure of a bus/truck chausing an accident at Patong hill the owner of this vehicle have to pay a special penalty of 10 million thb to Patong municipality.

Patong municipality will use this money for improving infastructure in Patong.

So all the big bikes have to stay left for car drivers to crawl past?

I had a Honda 110 that was quicker than 99% of cars over that hill, you just need to know how to ride.

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Tunnel is expensive but best answer, as long as east and west moving traffic is separated with armco or concrete barriers.

I lost a good mate (Lance) on that hill in '92.

Of course teaching Thais how to drive might help...

:whistling:

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perthperson    543
1 hour ago, 4evermaat said:

2) require a brake check of all vehicles beyond a certain size (commercial trucks, coach buses, etc) at the top of any hill of a certain height that exceeds 20% angle (patong is probably more like 40% downgrade in some areas).

Great idea !   

 

How do you propose this "brake test" is undertaken at the top of a hill ? 

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Posted (edited)
6 hours ago, Destiny1990 said:

Tunnel it and meanwhile bann it for all trucks (excep fire trucks) busses and tuk tuks!

So how are you going to get food and beer etc to Patong, by sea?

15 taxis instead of one bus?

Edited by George FmplesdaCosteedback

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Lokie    564

How about making all drivers/riders train and pass a full and proper licence to competently operate their vehicles.

 

Nothing dangerous about Patong Hill itself, is just the lunatics and incompetent users who do not know how to safely control their vehicles and drive/ride at the appropriate speed for the given conditions. When it starts to rain a good downpour tends to be a tad entertaining I always find...

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rwdrwdrwd    1,856

Haven't they missed the obvious here? There is loads of room for more relics and ghost houses to beep at along that stretch - surely the cheapest option.

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hobz    975
11 hours ago, schlog said:

All vehicles with less and more then 4 wheels must drive in the left lane.

 

For every break failure of a bus/truck chausing an accident at Patong hill the owner of this vehicle have to pay a special penalty of 10 million thb to Patong municipality.

Patong municipality will use this money for improving infastructure in Patong.

And who is going to enforce any of this?

 

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Destiny1990    1,149
4 hours ago, George FmplesdaCosteedback said:

So how are you going to get food and beer etc to Patong, by sea?

15 taxis instead of one bus?

Do u think that hill is the only option to reach Patong?I will just go with my car to Kathu.

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