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    Motorcyclists demand the right to use under and overpasses in Bangkok

    About 500 motorcyclists rallied in front of the City Hall in Bangkok on Sunday to demand the right to use under and overpasses, which they have been barred from using for the past three years on safety grounds.


    The group handed a letter of demand, addressed to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, which was received by Mr. Kosin Thetwong, assistant secretary to the governor.


    Mr. Pirasith Jeerawong, a leader of the group, said that the current ban is unfair, pointing out that most of the road accidents involving motorcyclists were not caused by the use of under or overpasses, but by speeding or reckless driving by individual bikers.


    Authorities should instead concentrate on restricting speeding and reckless driving, said Pirasith, who also demanded that the entire city administration should resign if they cannot solve this problem.


    He said that the group had previously proposed that the city administration reserve a special lane in the under and overpasses for motorcyclists, but the proposal went unheeded.


    There are about 3.8 million motorcycles in Bangkok alone.


    Mr. Nithi Songcharoenkit, deputy director of the Office of Civil Works, explained that City Hall was not empowered to remove the signs banning motorcyclists installed at under and overpasses, although it was responsible for installing them in the first place as required by the Land Traffic Act.


    He said that authority rests with the Police Traffic Division adding, however, that if there is a ruling from the Central Administrative Court to remove the signs, City Hall would immediately follow the courtís order.





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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post

    He said that authority rests with the Police Traffic Division adding, however, that if there is a ruling from the Central Administrative Court to remove the signs, City Hall would immediately follow the court’s order.





    Surely the police enforce the laws not make them? But TIT

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    I can understand small bikes being a problem, to a degree getting in the way, but then what about some motorists travelling at warp speed causing massive accidents. What about bigger bikes more than keeping up with the traffic flow ?

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    Mr. Pirasith Jeerawong, a leader of the group, said that the current ban is unfair, pointing out that most of the road accidents involving motorcyclists were not caused by the use of under or overpasses, but by speeding or reckless driving by individual bikers.
    Well done, though he might consider there wouldn't be many mosai accidents on under/overpasses if mosais are not allowed there.

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    Yes, marvellous reasoning there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mozzbie47 View Post
    I can understand small bikes being a problem, to a degree getting in the way, but then what about some motorists travelling at warp speed causing massive accidents. What about bigger bikes more than keeping up with the traffic flow ?
    u never rode a 125 then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lob View Post
    u never rode a 125 then?
    Lob, i refer to those on step through's that dordel along loaded to the max. Have I ridden a 125, no, not for years but I do realize they go like the clappers.

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    ^ yes it's not a matter of what kind of bikes should be allowed/forbidden as a 110/125cc is more than able to go with cars traffic flow ... behaviours like impeding traffic by driving too slowly, pulling in front of other vehicles without consideration, stopping in the underpasses to put rain gear on should be forbidden and enforced...

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