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Public backlash as Thais slam new pick-up passenger rules

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Thai public has given a massive thumbs down to the authorities after plans to ban people in the back of pick-ups were announced.

 

And they are shocked that the moves are not just for Songkran - they are for keeps.

 

And additionally a key police spokesman has clarified that people will not be able to travel in the back row of seats in a pick-up's cab either. That will generate a fine in future.

 

But "song thaews" (passenger vehicles with two rows of seats and a cover that some refer to as baht buses) are exempt. As are some

vehicles carrying farming produce in agricultural areas.

 

The spokesman also reiterated that people splashing water in certain areas will not be fined.

 

Foreign nationals on Thaivisa have also commented in large numbers on the moves.

 

Yesterday influential Thai media Thai Rath posed the question in an online poll:

 

"Songkran this year: No sitting in the back of pick-ups - do you agree?"

 

By press time 25,194 had voted.

 

"Yes" garnered just 6,029 votes.

 

"No" swamped the poll with 19,165 votes - or about 76% of the public.

 

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The story was shared right across social media.

 

Thai police HQ assistant chief Withaya Prayongphan appeared on Thai Rath's Channel 32 TV show "Direct questions".

 

He said that vehicles registered for passenger use with two rows of seats are not included in the ban.

 

But other private pick-ups are banned from carrying passengers in the back - and not just for the upcoming Songkran holidays. It will apply throughout the year now.

 

In addition he said that passengers will not be able to use the space behind the driver in the cab to sit in. He said this was not designed for passenger use but was for transporting goods.

 

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If passengers are in this space that will be deemed "wrong use" according to the law.

 

He stressed that the ban will be relaxed in slow moving areas that are clearly marked as places where Thais will engage in water splashing activities at Songkran.

 

And he said that the fines will not apply to pick-ups transporting agricultural produce in rural areas. Workers will be able to sit in the back in these cases.

 

Meanwhile Thai Rath prepared a video entitled:

 

"Concerned for us or after our money?" as Thais everywhere hit out at what many see as government control over an accepted part of the Thai way of life - and possibly just another way for the police to extract money in more fines.

 

Foreigners commenting on Thaivisa also questioned whether the police could really enforce such a ban.

 

Some asked how people at Songkran were expected to get to and from the areas where they might play water fights.

 

Poster "davehowden" said: "Thais not allowed to sit in the back of a pick-up? You might as well stop my mother-in-law from picking her nose".

 

But responding to a timely "Midweek Rant" published by Thaivisa referring to a "Songkran Smokescreen", "pattayadgw" said: "I see that FINALLY they are making riding in the back of pick-ups illegal.....NOT BEFORE TIME!!"

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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the worrying thing is that the Thai community reads Thai Visa!

also how does this relate to 4 door pick-ups?

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For years police have been trying to enforce the wearing of helmets on motorbikes.

That hasnt worked, neither will this 1.

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15 minutes ago, AGareth2 said:

the worrying thing is that the Thai community reads Thai Visa!

also how does this relate to 4 door pick-ups?

Please use common sense: A 4 door vehicle will have a proper seating restraints in the passenger area. The intent is to keep people out of the interior cargo area in the 2 door vehicles because the passengers are trapped and  cannot exit when the vehicle crashes. Passengers typically asphyxiate or burn to death in serious crashes that crumple the front ends. One should not transport people in a vehicle trunk either.

 

 

The government is to be commended for this attempt at dealing with a major source of death and serious injuries in car crashes. People are thrown out of the vehicles and have their heads split open like melons dropped on the  ground. Sadly, I anticipate it will be as enforced as effectively as the helmet law.

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It's a start, now all the other road madnesses need to be addressed.  Driving on the wrong side of the road, driving without lights, insane overtaking, cutting the corners at junctions, driving slowly in the fast lane, etc etc etc

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3 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

Please use common sense: A 4 door vehicle will have a proper seating restraints in the passenger area. The intent is to keep people out of the interior cargo area in the 2 door vehicles because the passengers are trapped and  cannot exit when the vehicle crashes. Passengers typically asphyxiate or burn to death in serious crashes that crumple the front ends. One should not transport people in a vehicle trunk either.

 

 

The government is to be commended for this attempt at dealing with a major source of death and serious injuries in car crashes. People are thrown out of the vehicles and have their heads split open like melons dropped on the  ground. Sadly, I anticipate it will be as enforced as effectively as the helmet law.

Are smart cabs to be excluded. The back doors do open?

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Can see another U-turn coming,

regards worgeordie

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Thainess rule # 1 

There is no such thing as a rule that must be followed. Rules are meant to be bent!

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if people are stupid enough to sit or stand in the tray of a pickup, let them. At least there is a good chance it will take them out of the gene pool. Just don't complain or try to extract money out of someone when your loved one ends up dead. Same goes for not wearing a helmet.

 

The laws are there, all that is lacking is enforcement. i don't want a nanny state but i don't want to see the madness on Thai roads every single minute!

 

 

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 The plod can't and won't enforce any existing laws, this will not be enforced either. There is no proactive enforcement here only reactive, roadblocks to collect  tea money. 

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24 minutes ago, thequietman said:

Are smart cabs to be excluded. The back doors do open?

I expect that smart cabs that have  proper seat restraints will be classified as acceptable. Honestly,  my impression is that the Thais are applying the same approach as is employed in  Canada/New Zealand/Australia/USA where these types of  vehicles are common. Can't say I have seen too many of these types of vehicles on the roads in London or  Milan  :)

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Just now, geriatrickid said:

I expect that smart cabs that have  proper seat restraints will be classified as acceptable. Honestly,  my impression is that the Thais are applying the same approach as is employed in  Canada/New Zealand/Australia/USA where these types of  vehicles are common. Can't say I have seen too many of these types of vehicles on the roads in London or  Milan  :)

GK, any ideas where we could buy restraints?

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Massive income increases on the way for the BIB

 

Awesome day today with another few billion baht spent on more usless tanks to go with the submarines and now this from the non think tank.

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Will transportation of 30+ Burmese slaves workers standing on the cargo area of big trucks also be forbidden? :whistling:

Parts of the economy would come to a halt.

 

Completely unrealistic that the pickup ban will be enforced nationwide.

Also I doubt that there is something new about it.

I am quite sure it was always forbidden as so many other dangerous practices.

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17 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

I expect that smart cabs that have  proper seat restraints will be classified as acceptable. Honestly,  my impression is that the Thais are applying the same approach as is employed in  Canada/New Zealand/Australia/USA where these types of  vehicles are common. Can't say I have seen too many of these types of vehicles on the roads in London or  Milan  :)

Just checked under seat for smart cab. There is no where to bolt a restraint ! <deleted> !

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