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Ministries promote rubber as road safety material

 

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BUENG KAN (NNT) - The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have ordered the acceleration of campaigns promoting the use of natural rubber in the production of road safety equipment, aimed at increasing road safety while raising rubber prices.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, along with the Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob, have launched a rubber road safety equipment campaign in Nakhon Phanom and Bueng Kan, where rubber sheets will be installed as an external layer on existing concrete barriers, as well as new rubber guide posts that can help absorb the impact from a crash, reducing damage.

 

This campaign will help farmers sell more natural rubber, with similar campaigns in other provinces successfully raising the prices of unprocessed natural rubber sheets, from 43 baht per kilogram to 61 baht, and cup lumps from 32 baht to 37.1 baht per kilogram. In the long run, the provincial cooperative offices will play their role in the promotion of rubber purchases in their areas.

 

The national rubber on the road campaign is funded by a 2.7 billion baht budget. In case the funding runs out in November this year, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will be requesting more money, of a similar amount, to ensure the continuity.

 

The Departments of Highways and Rural Roads are expected to use about 1 million tons of rubber in their projects from 2010 to 2022, including the installation of barriers and guide posts along 12,282 kilometers of road, generating 30.11 million baht of revenue for rubber farmers.

 

Future surveys will be made to assess the replacement of deteriorated concrete barrier covers and rubber guide posts, which will contribute to no less than 336,000 tons of rubber consumption each year.

 

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I have comical images in my mind of 'wen' & 'sakoi' bouncing from post to post around the roads of Issan... 

 

On a serious note however, what's not to like about this? If proper tests are carried out, I'm sure rubber could help. 

Obviously a 150kph collision with a rubber post is going to be fatal but you can't prevent stupid. A slower collision though, would result in lesser injuries if cement was replaced by rubber, surely? 

More money for farmers too, I'm always up for that. 

The environmental impact too, natural rubber is better than cement. 

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1 hour ago, Matzzon said:

Yeah, now rubber posts will save lives on the roads. Still no talking about real driver education, with both driving and theory lessons.

They're not rubber posts they're concrete post with rubber sheeting covering so not much more than a condom on a concrete <deleted> which will still kill any motor cyclist that hit them.

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1 hour ago, FarFlungFalang said:

They're not rubber posts they're concrete post with rubber sheeting covering so not much more than a condom on a concrete <deleted> which will still kill any motor cyclist that hit them.

And you thought that was the important piece in my post? I was focusing on that it does not help for what they are trying to say, and the only thing that does is excellent, high quality driver education.

Just as an answer to your reply trying to tell that I am wrong. Never mind if it was only 100% rubber in the post. It would still kill people.

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