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In wake of tour bus crash, Phuket Governor orders safety overhaul on Patong Hill

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Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong today ordered the safety measures become a top priority. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: -- The Phuket Governor today ordered a raft of safety measures to prevent further devastating accidents on Patong Hill following the tour bus crash last night that wiped out one minivan and a slew of other vehicles, including a tuk-tuk carrying tourists.

 

So far the accident, which involved six vehicles, including a tour bus carrying 24 passengers, has not resulted in any fatalities, but has left dozens injured with two people still in hospital in serious condition. 

 

Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong and Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) Chief Banyat Kantha inspected the scene of the accident on the notorious hill today (Aug 7).

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/in-wake-of-tour-bus-crash-phuket-governor-orders-safety-overhaul-on-patong-hill-63359.php

 
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I believe the Governor has been sleeping and/or ignoring the problem! Wake up and smell the coffee Idiot!

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Traffic issues are far too difficult for Thai administrations to solve..it needs people with functioning brains and IQ above 70.

I would doubt there is much evidence where traffic solutions by these people, have seen positive improvement..and not just Phuket, but nationwide.

 

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"In wake of tour bus crash, Phuket Govenor orders safety overhaul on Patong Hill"

 

Time to put this headline at the top of the clipboard as it keeps reappearing every couple of weeks.

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great idea, bus not safe for Patong so send them to the Karon/Kamala hills:sad:

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1 hour ago, ChrisY1 said:

Traffic issues are far too difficult for Thai administrations to solve..it needs people with functioning brains and IQ above 70.

I would doubt there is much evidence where traffic solutions by these people, have seen positive improvement..and not just Phuket, but nationwide.

 

road design here is awful; and , amazingly, the newest manifestations are even worse !

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Down shift to low gear at the top of the hill and apply exhaust brakes. 

If they use the foot brake to slow the bus they're going too fast.!

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Put a 24 hour police checkpoint at the top of the hill. Vehicles can be checked for illegals, documents, condition etc, so there is some earning potential for the staff, plus each bus must come to a halt before descending the hill, double-whammy win-win situation!

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1 hour ago, Classic Ray said:

Put a 24 hour police checkpoint at the top of the hill. Vehicles can be checked for illegals, documents, condition etc, so there is some earning potential for the staff, plus each bus must come to a halt before descending the hill, double-whammy win-win situation!

And have half of them roll down the hill backwards as they attempt hill starts? No chance. And if they fail they still have to descend the hill somehow.

 

A checkpoint at the bottom is a possibility.

 

It's a difficult one: ban big buses from Patong Hill and you get the same problems in Karon/Kata/Kamala.

 

Ban big buses altogether? Fantastic, but it ain't gonna happen. Yesterday one of the largest latex shop's car park was so full with the tour buses that the overflow was parking on Chaofa West. With even more Chinese forecast the situation is only going to get worse.

 

Let's face it: Phuket's roads are not suitable for large vehicles, whether buses or trucks, particularly those with double trailers.

 

 

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4 hours ago, phuketrichard said:

great idea, bus not safe for Patong so send them to the Karon/Kamala hills:sad:

Did you not see the bus in the ditch just outside Kalim last week? No matter which route these muppets can't drive worth toffee.

 

I followed a 'China Bus' from Kamala to Bang Tao this morning. Belching smoke, struggling to climb hills and swaying dangerously as the shocks were obviously kaput. All it does is shift the focus but not address the underlying problem of poor driving 'skills'.

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49 minutes ago, madmitch said:

And have half of them roll down the hill backwards as they attempt hill starts

Very true and happens with utes and the minibuses because of the drivers poor driving skills (term used loosely) and that's why I keep my distance from them when negotiating Patong hills.

 

50 minutes ago, madmitch said:

Let's face it: Phuket's roads are not suitable for large vehicles, whether buses or trucks, particularly those with double trailers

Especially large and poorly maintained vehicles driven by idiots!

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