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Get tough measures aim to reduce road death toll among motorcyclists by 50%

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Get tough measures aim to reduce road death toll among motorcyclists by 50%

 

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A swathe of new measures being introduced next year aim to reduce the death toll among motorcyclists by 50% a year.
 
These include raising fines for not having a license by as much as 1000%, introducing more bike lanes and targeting accident black spots.
 
The death toll from motorcycle accidents in 2017 was 8,900 people reported Daily News. 
 
A committee introduced to look at the problem is ready to recommend measures to the government to slash this by half.
 
The measures could be in place as early as this year's New Year celebration. 
 
The committee have looked at riders, vehicles, roads, environmental conditions and laws. 
 
They are keen to promote better riding skills, make sure motorcyclists follow road rules and create better awareness of the responsibilities in riding motorcycles. 
 
There are 21 million motorcycles on the roads but only 13 million people have licenses. They target is to make sure everyone has a license and is trained. 
 
In this regard they are especially targeting 15 year olds who can legally ride to school. They often don't know they can get a license and can get proper training. 
 
Many roads will be getting bike lanes with wider areas reserved for motorcyclists so that there is greater safety on the roads. 
 
Sarawuth Songsiwilai said that the authorities had been too soft on bikers. He hopes that the government ministry will approve plans to fine motorcyclists who have no license 5,000 baht up from the present 500 baht. 
 
He believes better training and better awareness will help meet the target of 4,500 road deaths through the period of the next ten years. 
 
The government will be considering the proposals through September and October. 
 
Source: Daily News
 
 
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2 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

introducing more bike lanes

Great, more parking places.

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I applaud any effort to stop the carnage, but 50%, just like that? Seriously ambitious number. I dont see the good citizens around here suddenly waking up, because Lord knows, they haven't ever done so before. I don't see the cops suddenly enforcing laws everywhere either, so not quite sure how they are going to achieve it.

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He believes better training and better awareness will help meet the target of 4,500 road deaths through the period of the next ten years. 

 

Awareness of anything outside a three foot bubble is an attribute yet to manifest itself in this tropical paradise.

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so how about enforcing the road rules, stopping them from weaving through the traffic, make them indicate, stop at red lights, give way, no more riding the wrong way along a road, these actions would save a hell of a lot seeing most ignore the road rules anyway, they seem to think that being on a bike allows them to do as they please

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14 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

There are 21 million motorcycles on the roads but only 13 million people have licenses.

Speaks volumes about their respect for the law!...……..and their grasp of law enforcement.

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As long as the BIB lets things go and everyone else says'mai pen rai'

things are not going to change.

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19 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

He hopes that the government ministry will approve plans to fine motorcyclists who have no license 5,000 baht up from the present 500 baht. 

More bargaining power for police to not issue a ticket, increasing the bribes, and let them leisurely carry on their journey ! 

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Yep.  Consider everything except having existing laws enforced.  IMHO that is all that is required to decrease the road kill.  To go along with this requires an end to police corruption and an increase in police pay.  Perhaps a bonus system of more pay for the number of legitimate fines issued.  Of course this would require those at the top ensuring that there were no on the spot "fines" aka "tea money" and that fines imposed were legitimate.  Too much to hope for in this country I guess.

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Start at the school level.  I watch police directing traffic for the school near me as students leave the parking area, 3+ to a bike, no helmets, and underage. Of course the police do nothing.  No helmet, no license, only 2 to a bike or don't ride to school. Of course school administration and parents would also have to participate.  I know, it is asking a lot.  They did this successfully at a number of locations in Laos already.

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photo caption:

 

"Hey everybody! I'm going to strap huge canisters of highly explosive gas to the back of my scooter and ride around Bangkok! Want to come along?"

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Well, I wish them the best of luck, but I won't be holding my breath. They are good with the words, but not with the necessary sustained action, for any period extending past about three days.

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Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

 

BS .................... never gonna happen. Cops are too lazy, people are too laid back, country couldn't give lesser of a <deleted>.

 

All typical ideas with absolutely no substance. 

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After being here for years I have taken notice that when the police want to do some thing or are made to so some thing they can and will do it.

 I believe they will lay down the law and things will improve.

  You would not believe the changes up where I am since the police have gotten tough on things. 

  Not Traffic laws as of yet. But brothels shut down,Karoake shut downs just major sex industry clean up. They said they would remove illegal shops form the street and they did. There have been major changes. I am not saying I agree with all of them but I am saying when they want they can get the job done.

 

 

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