Controversial public van ban takes effect ( What commuters expressed…
Controversial public van ban takes effect
What commuters expressed mixed feelings on the first day of the government's ban and when?
on all public vans older than 10 years
What happen at the capital's main public van stations, such as Muang Thong Thani and Victory Monument?
queues of commuters waiting for vans were reported to be longe
What JS100 radio station warned people and when?
warned commuters living around Muang Thong Thani at around 6.30am that they could be late for work due to the longer lines
What a passenger travelling on a Min Buri-Victory Monument route told the Bangkok Post?
she was not going to change her commute just yet
What she said and added?
I've been planning to use the bus instead, but that means I'll have to wake up much earlier if I want to get to work on time. So I decided to wait for vans as usual.
I agree with the measures, however, because several vans I've been on are too old to run safely.
What she said adding that the Ministry of Transport should work harder to provide information to commuters?
I'm not sure what type of vehicle I will have to use now.
As a temporary remedial measure, what the Department of Land Transport (DLT) has deployed?
65 buses to provide services to commuters at van stations
Who is Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen and what Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen said?
acting director of the DLT told media after inspecting public van stations
In addition to the buses, we have instructed van operators to increase their rounds, something which they have gladly agreed to do.
What he said?
We have also established a centre to take in emergency calls in case more buses are needed.
What happen last Monday?
DLT announced it would go ahead with the ban on public vans older than years to boost safety
How much registered vans now in operation and how much is ans countrywide?
over 12,000 registered vans
48 vans countrywide have been decommissioned so far
What the department says?
The last of the public vans will be decommissioned by 2028.
What van operators do?
voiced anger at the policy
complained that they cannot afford to buy minibuses and
they have asked for a compromise whereby renewals are granted on a case-by-case basis for vans that are well maintained
Who public van operators accompanied and when?
by political activist Srisuwan Janya failed in an attempt to get the administrative court to order the DLT to halt the plan
What Mr Srisuwan said and who is Mr Srisuwan?
also the secretary-general of the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution
If the government is going to continue with this, then there should be a common standard for all public transport vehicles if safety is the main concern.
What Mr Srisuwan told the media?
Many old public buses are still allowed to run
When he had previously lodged a formal complaint against transport authorities?
behalf of 731 van operators for "unfairly" retiring vans older than 10 years and not introducing a remedial plan for passengers