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Transport Ministry mulls replacing passenger vans with mini buses

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Transport Ministry plans to commission the Transport Institute of Chulalongkorn University to study the feasibility of replacing passenger vans with mini buses to cater to the need of passengers travelling from one province to another.

 

The move follows an instruction from the National Council for Peace and Order for relevant agencies to study the possibility to use mini buses to replace passenger vans which are regarded as unsafe.

 

Transport deputy permanent secretary Daroon Saengchai said that, previously, mini buses were used to service passengers on inter-provincial routes and it was proven that they are safer than passenger vans if the vehicles are not modified and not overloaded with passengers beyond the limits.

 

Land Transport deputy director-general Chiroot Visarnchit, meanwhile, said that, initially while the feasibility study is not yet completed, some mini buses with 18-20 seats would be introduced for trial run on certain routes between Bangkok and some provinces.

 

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/174704-2/

 

-- Thai PBS 2016-08-03

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How about just regulate the vans better?  A 1,000 Baht fine for drug use or a crash is a bit low. :thumbsup:

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Mini-buses may be  '  safer  '  but what about the drivers  ?

Their bad habits never change no matter what they drive and regulation is from poor to non-existent.

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5 minutes ago, NongKhaiKid said:

Mini-buses may be  '  safer  '  but what about the drivers  ?

Their bad habits never change no matter what they drive and regulation is from poor to non-existent.

Spot on.  The same could be said of all forms of public transport.  How many big bus accidents do we see?  Terrible safety record here.

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36 minutes ago, craigt3365 said:

How about just regulate the vans better?  A 1,000 Baht fine for drug use or a crash is a bit low. :thumbsup:

 

Exaclty, just restrict the engines of their vans so they can't go faster than 90. It will save many lives.

 

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".. proven that they are safer than passenger vans if the vehicles are not modified and not overloaded with passengers beyond the limits."

 

So if used correctly they are not inherently "unsafe" compared to mini buses. :coffee1: It won't mean jack shit though if they use the same drivers though, because everyone (except the fine folks at the Transport ministry is seems) knows that they are real danger...coupled with an ineffective police force unable and unwilling to actively police any sector of society and thus quite possibly the indirect root of 99% of this country's problems :whistling:

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Another knee jerk reaction to an issue that could be solved in other ways.

 

It's starting to become a 'Big Brother' country where all decisions taken by the government, don't worry about what anyone wants.

 

As usual the decision makers here probably do not have much, or any, real experience of the things they are trying to legislate about at all.

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What's the difference between a passenger van and a minibus?

 

I presume I should know but a photo in the article would have helped.

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17 minutes ago, samjaidee said:

What's the difference between a passenger van and a minibus?

 

I presume I should know but a photo in the article would have helped.

An accident in a passenger van has the potentiential to kill 11-13 people and one in a mini bus the potential to kill 18-20.

Assuming they are not overloaded, which is a big assumption.

Same Same But different.

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But but but i see  a fatal flaw ......the same idiots will be driving them! so congratulations any crash and MORE people die:coffee1:

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Please replace the drivers, too; preferably with robots; heck even a 12 year old kid would do better... oh wait!

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3 hours ago, samjaidee said:

What's the difference between a passenger van and a minibus?

 

I presume I should know but a photo in the article would have helped.

A good question.

I googled mini bus and here's the result. The vans used in Thailand qualify as mini buses.

https://www.google.co.th/search?q=minibus&rlz=1C1GNAM_enTH684TH684&espv=2&biw=1360&bih=643&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9lpq8tqTOAhWLLo8KHR4tDJoQ_AUIBigB

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