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Apparently, we are to be given more time to comply with these changes.
But I think no more than 6 will be allowed in the load bay and NO sitting on the sides or the tailgate. (Caught that on the TV). E. and O. E.
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Prawit defends PM over pickup passengers ban
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Friday urged the public not to criticise Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha for banning passengers from riding in the open cargo bed of pickup trucks.


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Now what about songthaews. All those people jammed in without seat belts. Technically a songthaew is a pickup truck.

Everything takes time.
Rome was not build in 1 day.
When I first came to Korat, there were no taxis.
Only tuk-tuk's and Songtaews.
Now, the tuk-tuk's has almost everywhere been replaced by taxis.

The same will happen with the songtaews.
As soon as the microbuses will be introduced in Korat, offering travel at the same prices as songtaews, but with decent seats and an airco, the songtaews will start to disappear.

You can slow down progress, but you can not stop it.


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Now, the tuk-tuk's has almost everywhere been replaced by taxis.

I wish it was so, I still see lots of tuk-tuks all around though.

As soon as the microbuses will be introduced in Korat, offering travel at the same prices as songtaews, but with decent seats and an airco, the songtaews will start to disappear.

If by microbusses you mean the vans, "rot too" รถตู้ as they call them (not to be confused with "rot tour" รถทัวร์ = coach busses) they are here since a long time already. No indication to me that they are taking over on songtaews in Korat, not in the city at least.

One thing I think have decreased in number since I live here, maybe slowly disappearing, are the three-wheel rickshaws.
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A clear description in THAI about the new rules.
The "x" means "NO PASSENGERS".

So if I understand well, this "Article 44" will in fact declass those vehicles that were originally approved for transporting up to 5 people, even if sold without seat belts behind, into vehicles approved for transporting up to 2 people - unless the owner will equip them with seat belts also behind. No official instructions were released until now on how to do that in a legal, approved way. Is that correct?

Does anybody know when was this "Article 44" announced to the public the first time?
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A clear description in THAI about the new rules.
The "x" means "NO PASSENGERS".

So if I understand well, this "Article 44" will in fact declass those vehicles that were originally approved for transporting up to 5 people, even if sold without seat belts behind, into vehicles approved for transporting up to 2 people - unless the owner will equip them with seat belts also behind. No official instructions were released until now on how to do that in a legal, approved way. Is that correct?

Does anybody know when was this "Article 44" announced to the public the first time?

As I understand it "Article 44" is a catchall for the Government to enforce the rule of law.
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A clear description in THAI about the new rules.
The "x" means "NO PASSENGERS".

So if I understand well, this "Article 44" will in fact declass those vehicles that were originally approved for transporting up to 5 people, even if sold without seat belts behind, into vehicles approved for transporting up to 2 people - unless the owner will equip them with seat belts also behind. No official instructions were released until now on how to do that in a legal, approved way. Is that correct?

Does anybody know when was this "Article 44" announced to the public the first time?

As I understand it "Article 44" is a catchall for the Government to enforce the rule of law.
Correct. until a new constitution is voted in Article 44 gives the Prime Minister absolute power to give any order deemed necessary to "strengthen public unity and harmony" or to prevent any act that undermines public peace.


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And will be his downfall if he keeps using it in the way he has been, so say some Thai's I know.

So telling Somchai that he can no longer take his extended family to the Mall or T21 once a month is really going to create harmony. It might strengthen public unity though, public unity of the dislike of the current government.
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Now what about songthaews. All those people jammed in without seat belts. Technically a songthaew is a pickup truck.

Everything takes time.
Rome was not build in 1 day.
When I first came to Korat, there were no taxis.
Only tuk-tuk's and Songtaews.
Now, the tuk-tuk's has almost everywhere been replaced by taxis.

The same will happen with the songtaews.
As soon as the microbuses will be introduced in Korat, offering travel at the same prices as songtaews, but with decent seats and an airco, the songtaews will start to disappear.

You can slow down progress, but you can not stop it.

In general, I agree. I just hope that the prices for microbuses will be the same as songthaews, otherwise it will just be another stake in the divide between haves and have nots. I must admit, I won't miss the songthaews. If anyone needs more driver training then it's the majority of these guys.
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If by microbusses you mean the vans, "rot too" รถตู้ as they call them (not to be confused with "rot tour" รถทัวร์ = coach busses) they are here since a long time already. No indication to me that they are taking over on songtaews in Korat, not in the city at least.

With "microbuses" I mean the microbuses that have been purchased from China by the government.
They will first be used in Bangkok.
A second batch will be send to the big cities out of Bangkok.
They will also replace the minivans in local traffic.


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And will be his downfall if he keeps using it in the way he has been, so say some Thai's I know.

So telling Somchai that he can no longer take his extended family to the Mall or T21 once a month is really going to create harmony. It might strengthen public unity though, public unity of the dislike of the current government.

The new Constitution (is already signed by his majesty the King) will keep giving Gen Chan-o Cha Cha "Total" powers and the right to put his VETO if something goes wrong.

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And will be his downfall if he keeps using it in the way he has been, so say some Thai's I know.

So telling Somchai that he can no longer take his extended family to the Mall or T21 once a month is really going to create harmony. It might strengthen public unity though, public unity of the dislike of the current government.

Can you ask Somchai if the people in the back of his pickup are insured?


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If by microbusses you mean the vans, "rot too" รถตู้ as they call them (not to be confused with "rot tour" รถทัวร์ = coach busses) they are here since a long time already. No indication to me that they are taking over on songtaews in Korat, not in the city at least.

With "microbuses" I mean the microbuses that have been purchased from China by the government.
They will first be used in Bangkok.
A second batch will be send to the big cities out of Bangkok.
They will also replace the minivans in local traffic.
I hope the 2nd batch comprises of more vehicles than the 51 in the 1st batch
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And will be his downfall if he keeps using it in the way he has been, so say some Thai's I know.

So telling Somchai that he can no longer take his extended family to the Mall or T21 once a month is really going to create harmony. It might strengthen public unity though, public unity of the dislike of the current government.

Can you ask Somchai if the people in the back of his pickup are insured?

I doubt they are. His pick up isn't insured and his driving licence expired in 1998.
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And will be his downfall if he keeps using it in the way he has been, so say some Thai's I know.

So telling Somchai that he can no longer take his extended family to the Mall or T21 once a month is really going to create harmony. It might strengthen public unity though, public unity of the dislike of the current government.

Can you ask Somchai if the people in the back of his pickup are insured?

I doubt they are. His pick up isn't insured and his driving licence expired in 1998.

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With "microbuses" I mean the microbuses that have been purchased from China by the government.

Must be these ones then. I never saw one until now. I would have thought smaller from the name. It seems they charge 30 THB a run in Bangkok (source).
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15 Apr 2017

Girl riding in pickup bed killed

A 14-year-old girl was killed and a friend hurt when the pickup truck they were travelling in rear-ended another pickup before hitting a concrete barrier in Wang Thong district on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the driver of the first truck, with the two girls sitting in the bed and a motorcycle next to them, lost control while travelling on the slippery road, causing the vehicle to rear-end another pickup before ramming into a concrete barrier.

The force of the crash killed one of the girls and hurt another. The dead victim, identified as Panan Paladyot, 14, sustained head injuries when her head struck the rail of the truck. The injured victim, Warissara Plueng-apai, also 14, was rushed to a hospital.

Earlier this month, the government banned people from riding in the beds of pickup trucks in a bid to reduce road accidents during the Songkran festival.

However, a public outcry ensued and authorities said they would delay enforcementof the rule until after Songkran.

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As I understand it "Article 44" is a catchall for the Government to enforce the rule of law.
Correct. until a new constitution is voted in Article 44 gives the Prime Minister absolute power to give any order deemed necessary to "strengthen public unity and harmony" or to prevent any act that undermines public peace.

I wish he used of that power to go down hard on all of those filthy exhaust pipes and on all of those noisy retouched engines. If they don't do it now, when will they?
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