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Transport minister says drivers, not vans, are key threat to passenger safety


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A real driver training, much higher fees for them if they drive bad/too fast (by example if he drives too fast and usually has to pay 500 Baht, he has to pay 500 Baht for every person on board) and regular checks of the vans. And with checks I mean real ones including the brakes, lights and so on, not the simple checks they make right now and they are finishes after one minute.

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A brilliant well considered observation, trust he is given a meaningful opportunity such as 5 free trips in an over-crowded van in peak-hour Bangkok traffic plus another 5 inter-city trips to confirm his theory beyond all doubt. 

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10 hours ago, worgeordie said:

He should have said "Drivers and Vans", you cannot blame one without the other.

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And owners.  The ones who employ the drivers and save money with poor maintenance checks and aged vehicles and overworking said drivers.

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The longer you are in Thailand the more cynical you get.

 

If I had ฿100 for every time I've read one of these mind numbingly obvious observations form a Government official I've be living on my own private island in the Caribbean by now.

 

Stand by for the soon to be announced 'crackdown' that will last for all of 24 hours before life continues serenely as before.

 

Nothing will change, those mysterious brake failures will continue, driver licensing will continue as the farce it is today, and the carnage will continue 

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It is a start although the guy doesn't to sincere since he is reversing course.  Now is he going to put words into action since nothing ever seem to be done thereafter. The biggest question for me is like before who in Thailand is going to put forth what really need to be done to retrain these drivers and the new ones who will come along with how to inspect the vehicles last what is really going to be done when the above don't as they have been doing for years decades.

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15 hours ago, FarFlungFalang said:

If the vans where fitted with GPS system that where sealed from tampering then the recording of the info could determine speeds between any 2 points,if any van is found to have been speeding actions can be taken against the offending companies and drivers.

Given there are approx 4-6000 (?) public mini vans....monitoring all of them with the current level of GPS Trackers installed, is an impossible task. A bit like the land office trying to get 11 million people to pay their fines.....now I hear the speed cameras are off!

 

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Wasn't there a major crash last year - van and pick up truck, 25 dead??? Following that didn't they say that inter-provincial vans would be banned? I see no evidence of that.

 

Mind you, riding in the back of a pick up truck was also supposed to be outlawed but I believe that also went out the window.

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