View Full Version : Thailand Transport has Imposed Stricter Control on Buses For Higher Safety

Kanok Karn
9th June 2011, 10:34
The Ministry of Transport has imposed stricter control on buses and passenger vans in a bid to raise the level of safety for commuters while a device will be installed on the road to detect over-speeding vehicles.

Permanent Secretary for Transport Supoj Saplom stated that the Transport Ministry had convened with the Department of Land Transport, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and the National Police Office to discuss the direction for upgrading the standard of public transportation in the capital. The meeting reportedly gave a nod to an improved version of regulations for public and private buses as well as passenger vans.

According to the new regulations, drivers must be at least 25 years old, as opposed to the previous age requirement of at least 22. They must also have driversí licenses for public vehicles with no records of accidents and will be given a driving test once a year.

In terms of the vehicles, regular checkups on their conditions will be carried out while special equipments for displaying driving speed will be installed. The speed limit from now on will be no more than 60 kilometers per hour within metropolitan areas and no more than 80 kilometers per hour on the perimeter of the city.

The revised measures are expected to become effective in July. The Department of Land Transport and the BMTA will be jointly responsible for the supervision of transport services as well as the punishment for those not complying with the regulations.

In addition, a speed detecting device worth 6,700 THB each will be set up along the streets of Bangkok as part of the measure to discourage drivers from going over the speed limit.

News from NNT

Kanokkarn Yoshihira
10th June 2011, 11:13
And how about the highway? Can they just speed away and what about OLD drivers?