The Ministry of Transport has started to implement some of Japan’s road safety measures in Thailand in an effort to reduce accidents.
The Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, said the 7th Thailand-Japanese Joint Working Group meeting was held on Wednesday (Aug 8th) at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province.
The meeting discussed road safety measures in line with the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Thailand’s Ministry of Transport and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Mr. Arkhom said his ministry and related agencies have initially applied Japan’s measures to address road accidents to four pilot routes in Suphan Buri, Phetchabun, Uttaradit, and Khon Kaen provinces. If successful, the measures will be expanded to eight additional pilot routes that are prone to road accidents.
According to the report on the field trip to Japan, it was found that Japan had placed importance on measures related to public transports which focus on the standard of transports and equipment and the safety of drivers and passengers, and the Department of Land Transport has decided to apply them to the Thai public transport system.
Times comment:- When are they going to wake up and see that there are so many accidents here because of speed and rank bad driving. The solution is simple. More police patrol cars on the roads and more speed cameras. Until drivers start showing more consideration for others then nothing will change. Refusing to use the inside lane is a classic example. This forces others to undertake.
(Source:-National News Bureau of Thailand)