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One in seven public transport vehicles flunk new safety tests

By The Nation

 

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About one in seven public transport vehicles have failed safety checks in the first week of a new programme by the Department of Land Transport (DLT).

 

Of the 7,088 vehicles tested nationwide September 2-11 in attempt to improve the standard of public transport, as many as 1,020 have failed.

 

The department ordered land transport offices nationwide to conduct a full check-up of public transport vehicles and drivers, DLT director-general Peerapol Thavornsubhajaroen said. “The check-up campaign is expected to take three months to complete,” he said. “During the first week (September 2-11), we already performed checks on 7,088 vehicles and found that 1,020 of them failed the evaluation.”

 

Peerapol said 1,212 of the tested vehicles were regular route vans, 2,381 were non-regular route vans, 2,219 regular route buses, 838 non-regular route buses, and 438 minibuses.

 

Vehicles failed the evaluation mostly because of a low-quality brake system, excessive black smoke emissions or an unauthorized modification to engines and gear systems, he said. “We ordered the owners to fix their failed vehicles and bring them back for another check-up within 15 days.”

 

There was better news concerning the public transport drivers, with three of 10,236 drivers failing the exam.

 

“We have already advised them how to prepare themselves before taking a remedial exam.”

 

The director-general said the vehicle tests include checks of the engine, vehicle body integrity, brake system, wheel alignment, lights, smoke emissions, acoustics, as well as ensuring there were no gas leaks.

 

The physical check-up for drivers include physical fitness, color blindness, reactions, eyes (depth and width perception), as well as a test on their general suitability as a public transport service provider.

 

Operators of public transport can bring their vehicles and drivers for a check-up at all land transport branches daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm, said Peerapol.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376156

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-09-13
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Well it's a start, let's hope it continues in the same vein and not just a flash in the pan like a lot of the crackdowns here.

 

I'm not surprised by the number of vehicles failing, I personally thought it would be higher, I am however very surprised at the number of drivers failing, I thought that would have been much much higher.

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15 minutes ago, webfact said:

unauthorized modification to engines and gear systems

What would this mean, especially the latter?

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The other 6 out of 7 were in their default position on the roof after hitting a tree in the middle of the road 🤔

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30 minutes ago, webfact said:

Vehicles failed the evaluation mostly because of a low-quality brake system, excessive black smoke emissions or an unauthorized modification to engines and gear systems,

So perhaps it's not so much of a joke after all?

We keep hearing about brake failure being blamed at accident scenes, looks like some of it could be true.

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26 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

Well it's a start, let's hope it continues in the same vein and not just a flash in the pan like a lot of the crackdowns here.

Be a first if it truly turned out to be a "crackdown"

How many so called "crackdowns" have there been in the last year, from pollution to buses to public vehicles, the only "crackdown" that appears to have had any substance is the immigration ridiculousness! the rest are forgotten about before they ever really start!

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43 minutes ago, webfact said:

“During the first week (September 2-11), we already performed checks on 7,088 vehicles and found that 1,020 of them failed the evaluation.”

Does anyone else think that is a rather long week? I was under the impression a week is seven days. 

 

It would be interesting to find out the percentage of each class of vehicles passed or failed and for what. The mini-vans are a popular target, but some of the busses also have issues. I am not surprised that brakes rated a mention in the report.

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Pathetic Thailand..lets buy a new war ship...

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6 minutes ago, Chazar said:

“We have already advised them how to prepare themselves before taking a remedial exam.”

500 or 1000?

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind man.

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I drive in the city every day, and the number of buses belching those black clouds is MUCH more than a mere 15%...closer to 50-60%! And I always get stuck behind one. Not sure how they’re measuring it, but just using plain eye sight would give you a greater number. 

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1 minute ago, P Funk said:

I drive in the city every day, and the number of buses belching those black clouds is MUCH more than a mere 15%...closer to 50-60%! And I always get stuck behind one. Not sure how they’re measuring it, but just using plain eye sight would give you a greater number. 

The  special  tool  needs  calibration  for  each  vehicle ie 500-1000,  you  cant  rely  on  eyes.

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3 hours ago, bluesofa said:

So perhaps it's not so much of a joke after all?

We keep hearing about brake failure being blamed at accident scenes, looks like some of it could be true.

It's only true if the vehicle/brakes aren't serviced /maintained periodically.

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