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High Speed Trains: Top drivers like "airline pilots" to be paid 100K up

 

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A ministerial level committee has decided that the drivers of Thailand's proposed high speed trains need to be good.

 

And they are prepared to pay them more than 100,000 baht a month like they do in China. 

 

Thai Rath reported that the stress and responsibility will be like airline pilots.

 

The proposals have been revealed after Transport Ministry officials and rail industry representatives began the process of introducing standards and expectations in the burgeoning rail sector. 

 

This involves discussions about metropolitan drivers on systems like the BTS and MRT as well as those on the high speed networks and other intercity routes. 

 

Investment opportunities and how these are handled are also high up on the agenda proposed by new transport minister Saksayam Chidchob. 

 

Thailand has two proposed high speed routes, said Thai Rath - the three airport link (Don Muang - Suvarnabhumi - U-Tapao) and the Thai-Chinese Bangkok to Nakorn Ratchasima route.

 

Driving standards and efficiency are considered a priority. 

 

There are proposals to issue four different levels of train drivers' licences for: 

 

1. Metropolitan drivers.
2. Intercity drivers of cargo.
3. Intercity drivers of passengers.
4. High speed train drivers. 

 

The extra stress and responsibility for high speed drivers makes them like airline pilots, said the media.

 

In China they are paid the equivalent of 150,000 baht a month and that should be the case in Thailand. 

 

Intercity drivers at the moment are paid somewhere between 50K and 80K a month.

 

At present there are about 2,000 train drivers in Thailand with about 800 on city networks and 1,200 on intercity routes. 

 

It has been pointed out that in developed countries train drivers are re-tested for their abilities every five to ten years and Thailand should bear this in mind. 

 

BTS and MRT driving skills are upgraded each year, said the report.

 

New standards, salary scales and other details are expected to be announced in about 6 months.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

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12 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

Except for taking off and landing,

regards Worgeordie

and turbulence 

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can a farang work as high speed train driver ? Will i need a work permit since the salary will be over 100,000k a month ?

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1 minute ago, emptypockets said:

I wouldn't get out of bed for 100,000 baht a month.

With today’s currency exchange rate that’s a lot for me, I use to get 6 baht for the krone, now only 3,40 baht ...

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But, unlike airline pilots, no opportunity for an outside regulatory body to break Thailands rail industry (as its international airline industry can be broken by ICAO or FAA) if it fails to meet high standards of safety.

 

A nice little earner for those who can, as with the police "career path", buy their way into it (and out of any "problems" they may encounter/cause).

 

 

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No fear of Bird Strikes, just Toyotas. .!, if they got Nuclear Power we would all glow in the Dark. Another idiot idea imo.!.


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