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I am a regular walker in the hills around Lamai on Koh Samui. This includes the area where the accident took place. These tourist trucks have a seat fixed on top, above the driver's cabin. 2 or 3 peop

I had an experience two weeks ago off the main ring road, which is exactly like this crap above: We went to see a waterfall as a friend and husband were visiting. As we walked up hill with various o

Koh Samui - an island populated mostly by idiots... 'owned' by Bangkok Airways: - idiot Thais (let's see who can have the loudest, 2-stroke motorcycle on the island by taking the baffles out of the m

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Another nail in the Thai tourism coffin!

You thinking one motor accident all tourism stopping? clap2.gif

What that island they kill people one times every month? Koh tao? tourists shipping there every day stills

Yea, this will not remotely dent tourism. My first week in Samui I saw- was actually present- at 2 accidents and 3 deaths. I have never seen such numbers of injured on a lazy stretch of road. The ring road is far more dangerous and hard to manage. I think they can address the 4x4 problem with an overwhelming choice to reign in negligent driving up there. The roads? Not so easy.

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like many others on samui we see these idiots all the time

mostly speeding and overtaking into on coming traffic or forcing you off the road

take a close look at their number plates and you will see that they are not legally allowed to carry passengers of any type , which means they carry no insurance

foolish tourists and hotels/agencies selling these trips need an attitude adjustment

whens the general sending the troops to samui ?

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like many others on samui we see these idiots all the time

mostly speeding and overtaking into on coming traffic or forcing you off the road

take a close look at their number plates and you will see that they are not legally allowed to carry passengers of any type , which means they carry no insurance

foolish tourists and hotels/agencies selling these trips need an attitude adjustment

whens the general sending the troops to samui ?

Pardon my ignorance, but how can you tell from the number plates whether they are insured to carry passengers, or not?

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like many others on samui we see these idiots all the time

mostly speeding and overtaking into on coming traffic or forcing you off the road

take a close look at their number plates and you will see that they are not legally allowed to carry passengers of any type , which means they carry no insurance

foolish tourists and hotels/agencies selling these trips need an attitude adjustment

whens the general sending the troops to samui ?

Pardon my ignorance, but how can you tell from the number plates whether they are insured to carry passengers, or not?

Different coloured letters and backgrounds mean different things.

Black letters on white background = private car.

White letters on green background = taxi.

You get the idea.......

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Pardon my ignorance, but how can you tell from the number plates whether they are insured to carry passengers, or not?

Different coloured letters and backgrounds mean different things.

Black letters on white background = private car.

White letters on green background = taxi.

You get the idea.......

Green letters on white background = truck for commercial purposes (different tax rate to private cars/trucks).

Blue letters on white background = vehicle in company name

Black letters on yellow background = commercial vehicles licensed to carry paying passengers (eg safari trucks, mini buses etc)

Black letters on red background = trade/temporary plates for new vehicles

Whilst I am not 100% sure about my classifications, you get the picture.

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Another nail in the Thai tourism coffin!

Another bus crash, another driver flee's. It's about time that Thailand sorted out the companies. The drivers should be licensed, the company should

be licensed and if a driver flees after an accident he should be band for life.

These "sightseeing pickups" have seats on top of the roof (no joke), I really doubt you can get a license for that :-)

And of course, jacking up a standard pickup truck and putting people on the roof is not good for the trucks center of gravity,but I highly doubt these drivers even understand what that means.

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It is clear that this activity need regulating, I am not a kill joy but surely these vehicles need taking off the road and modifying to make them safer and need also insurance.

Surely this comes under the jurisdiction of the local police and DLT (Department of Land Transport), if the police can not or will not deal with it due influential pressures on the Island then they need to send in the army (or navy).

Action required:

  1. Modify them so all seats within roll bar cadge.
  2. Seat belts fitted and mandatory wearing of.
  3. protection against arms or other limbs "frailing" outside the roll bar cadge.
  4. Limiting them to suitable roads, maybe on certain tracks or roads ban and provide alternative paths for walkers.
  5. special operator licences.
  6. Mandatory special training for their drivers.
  7. Routine monitoring of their activities, and suspension of operator licences for infringements.

Not rocket science.

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