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    Land Transport Dept continues strict passenger safety measures

    BANGKOK, 19th March 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport continues to strictly apply precautionary measures to public transport service providers to enhance the safety of passengers.

    Inspectors have been sent out to different public transport queues and stations around the capital city to assess the standards of vehicles and drivers. The Department of Land Transport has since February inspected more than 15,000 taxicabs, motorcycles and passenger vans.

    More than 600 drivers have been fined for violating laws and have to take road ethics and safety lessons. Repeat offenders will lose their driving licenses. The Department of Land Transport is also keeping a close watch on unlicensed service providers who use private cars as public transport vehicles.

    Passengers are advised against unlicensed taxicabs since the drivers have yet to obtain public transport licenses and undergo a criminal record check as stipulated by the department. Users of illegal taxis do not have the right to legal protection in the event of an accident, as the type of vehicle does not comply with the departmentís requirements.

    Any person being treated unfairly by a service provider can call 1584 for help round the clock.

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    ...stricter laws require fatter envelopes...

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    I have yet to ride in a van that had the seat belts working, but they all have the fine warning sign in them for not having them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai3 View Post
    I have yet to ride in a van that had the seat belts working, but they all have the fine warning sign in them for not having them.
    You still ride those things? After a 170 KPH ride on Highway 7 with a monkey at the wheel about 5 years back, I haven't set foot in one.

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    Ministry holds back rigid driving licences regulation

    The Ministry of Transport has withdrawn it's ministerial regulation that mandates applicant for driving license to attend a training session of up to 15 hours instead of just 3-4 hours as it is the case now.

    Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said during the Cabinet meeting, the Minister of Transport has offered to withdraw the regulation for review.

    He said the minister reasoned that the regulation, which mandates applicants to attend either a training session of up to 15 hours instead of just 3-4 hours at each of the five driving schools operated by the Land Transport Department in five provinces, or to pass both the written and driving tests organized by the private sector driving schools certified by the department, was strongly criticised.

    The new ministerial regulation was intended to set a new standard of road safety and to improve the discipline of car drivers.

    But for other ministerial regulations regarding road safety masures such as those dealing with drunk driving were endorsed, the spokesman said.

    There are currently about 90 authorised driving schools throughout the country which offer the training course.

    Ministry holds back rigid driving licences regulation - Thai PBS English News

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    He said the minister reasoned that the regulation...was strongly criticised.
    ...so: lots of thinking then...

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