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Police ignoring motorbikes illegally using Pattaya tunnel

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Police ignoring motorbikes illegally using Pattaya tunnel

By Jetsada Homklin

 

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Signs (inset) clearly point out what vehicles aren’t allowed through the underpass, but random checks show motorcycle daredevils are speeding through.

 

When Pattaya’s Central Road bypass tunnel opened, police vigorously enforced rules barring motorcycles and large trucks from using the underpass. But that didn’t last long.

 

Tourists and residents both have complained that large numbers of motorcyclists are speeding through the tunnel with little fear of being hit with the 1,000-baht fine. Police are nowhere to be seen.

 

In August 2017, when the tunnel opened, 18 motorists were stopped and fined in its first three days of operation. Police said numerous signs clearly pointed out what vehicles aren’t allowed through the underpass.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/pattaya/police-ignore-motorbikes-and-trucks-illegally-using-pattaya-underpass

 

 

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31 minutes ago, webfact said:

Tourists and residents both have complained that large numbers of motorcyclists are speeding through the tunnel

Why, how are they hurting them? 

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7 minutes ago, CGW said:

Agree, the law banning motorcycles from free-ways etc was put in place many years ago when the average motorcycle was unable to keep up with traffic flow & big bikes were illegal and not allowed to be registered, but like most things in Thailand, change doesn't come easily.

Change does not come easy because people riding motorcycles are considered a lower class. So its more important to keep the roads open (even if its only in their minds) for those who can afford cars.

 

IMHO i never see the Thai goverment make changes like this that actually benefit the country. I see them mostly launching projects so they can take a cut. Making new laws and amending stupid old laws does not really seem to be done much as there is no money in it. 

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59 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

Maybe the Police realise that there is no logical reason to ban motorbikes from the tunnel and that the law, in this case, is an ass.

100% agree

 

It is time Thailand modernised its attitude to roads - default should be all roads open to all vehicles with restrictions on motorways for scooters or motorbikes below 600cc

 

a far simpler way of doing things

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18 minutes ago, fxe1200 said:

...how about 250ccm?

biker clubs restrict membership below 600 cc cause they think they wont be able to keep up.

i'll take their word for it

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1 hour ago, fxe1200 said:

...how about 250ccm?

although some people refer to that as a big bike - it isn't

 

you have to be careful when categorising by CC or engine size, it is not top speed that is the limiting factor - a scooter can do 110kph - my bike does that in 1st gear in under 3 secs with 5 more gears to go

 

You must consider - stability braking acceleration etc all with 2up

 

I remember riding a friends Honda Steed (400cc) and to be honest a 125cc scooter would give it a run - horrible slow and heavy and definitely not fit for motorway travel  

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1 hour ago, brokenbone said:

biker clubs restrict membership below 600 cc cause they think they wont be able to keep up.

i'll take their word for it

Thats funny as all the bikers i see,  have mostly  old men on them doing max speed of  140km,  don't need a big bike to do that, but then again i was never into posing. with leather gear and denim tank tops. :giggle: 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, stanleycoin said:

Thats funny as all the bikers i see,  have mostly  old men on them doing max speed of  140km,  don't need a big bike to do that, but then again i was never into posing. with leather gear and denim tank tops. :giggle: 

 

 

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its not the top speed, its the safe overtaking

and leaving the red light behind, that requires cubic

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