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Forty one men in a van! But Thais miss out on Guinness record!

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Forty one men in a van! But Thais miss out on Guinness record!

 

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BANGKOK: -- Foreign news media has been having a go at Thailand for its appalling road death statistics after no less than 41 men were found crammed in a van on Sunday.

 

Britain's Guardian newspaper raised the issue of what they said was the country with the second worst accident statistics on earth.

 

The video that forms the basis of the story was taken on Sunday and shows police emptying a Toyoto Commuter van of its human contents one by one counting as they go, reported Manager Online.

 

The officers can barely keep a straight face as the last of the occupants emerges and a flashlight makes sure there are no more hiding under the floor carpets.

 

Posted by Siraphop Srakaew it is not known where the video was taken and why but Thais online surmised that the occupants of the van were probably foreign workers.

 

The Guardian said that the Commuter is designed to carry 16 people.

 

But this was not a record - the most in a passenger vehicle that got in the Guinness Book of World Records was done in Krasnoyarsk, Russia when a similar number were crammed into a Rav4, the paper said.

 

The paper said that Thailand was second only behind Libya in the accident statistics while they said that the University of Michigan calculated that there were 44 deaths per 100,000 of the population per year. 

 

This would put the annual death toll well over 25,000.

 

Mention was made of frequent accidents on public transport in the kingdom with Sunday's boat tragedy on the Chao Praya being highlighted.

 

The government had stated in 2013 that they intended to reduce traffic accidents but drink driving and negligence has meant that any dent in Thailand's poor record in this regard was negligible, the report stated.

 

Source: Manager Online

 
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Vans, boats, pick ups, mocy's.....what is'nt overloaded?

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My God, they must have used a lubricant to get them all in there.  

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Students do this sort of thing for charity during rag week but at least they don't drive the vehicle.

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25 minutes ago, CelticBhoy said:

Good advert for Toyota  :clap2:

 

Yup but not good for the image of Thailand...and even after the Officials were told to make the roads more safe ASAP.

 

This movie was already in the online newspapers in Europe yesterday.

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1 hour ago, NongKhaiKid said:

Students do this sort of thing for charity during rag week but at least they don't drive the vehicle.

 

We had to drive the vehicle for it to count.  Not on the road, mind you.  But the vehicle had to start and move with all the people inside.  50' in the parking lot was good enough.

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6 minutes ago, impulse said:

 

We had to drive the vehicle for it to count.  Not on the road, mind you.  But the vehicle had to start and move with all the people inside.  50' in the parking lot was good enough.

 

So 60 babies in a minivan will break the record?

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The genius of "Thailand number 1" was so little blood spilled, unlike most other countries.

 

Again and again we see the internet and social media is what it actually took to bring Project Thai crashing down.

 

News is global now in very undeniable and immediate ways.

 

 

 

All they can do to stop ridiculous things happening out of the back of their vans now is shut the doors on the outside world until such time as said doors (around the same time as the wheels) come off.

 

 

PS. "Second in the world" and not including everyone who made it past being scraped off the tarmac to the hospital... where it's no longer counted as a traffic accident fatality, apparently.

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3 minutes ago, Thian said:

 

So 60 babies in a minivan will break the record?

 

Don't know.  They didn't come out with minivans until long after I graduated.  I kind of lost interest after that, what without the kegs of beer and the coed babes to impress.

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41, winning lottery number,that's far more important.

regards worgeordie

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The flippant reporting style of this Manager Online article suggests that its writer is sceptical of The Guardian traffic statistics for Thailand.

 

Alas, the World Health Organisation's Global status report on road safety 2015 (http://www.who.int/entity/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2015/country_profiles/Thailand.pdf?ua=1) will not provide any comfort to this author.

 

In the final paragraph, he says "...The government had stated in 2013 that they intended to reduce traffic accidents but drink driving and negligence has meant that any dent in Thailand’s poor record in this regard was negligible, the report stated...".

 

Whilst, drink driving must be a big contributor along with speed, might I suggest that it is the abject failure (of the overwhelming number of motorcyclists in Thailand) to wear helmets that puts the biggest dent in the country's poor record (as well as their heads)!

 

Maybe, they should try to break the Guinness Book of World Record  for the most people in a passenger vehicle - it might be a safer way for Thais to travel.

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