The Land Transport Department (LTD) has demanded a transport company whose passenger van was involved in a fatal road accident in Ayutthaya province on Thursday to bring all its 84-unit van fleet to the department for inspection.
All the drivers of the company, R.L. Service, which operates passenger van service, were ordered to undergo a safety course in driving at the department. The company was also fined 50,000 baht – the maximum amount of fine – for the fatal road accident involving one of its vans in which four Japanese tourists and a Thai female guide was killed and the driver was seriously injured.
The driving license of the driver, Mr Charun Aksornsri, was immediately revoked as of Nov 9 – the day after the accident which took place a 4pm on Nov 8.
LTD Officials in cooperation with the Ayutthaya provincial transport office and Bang Pa-in police went to the scene of the accident in Bang Pa-in district to examine the scene as well as the ill-fated van.
LTD deputy director-general Kamon Buranapong said that the team did not find any braking traces at the scene, indicating that the driver did not apply the brake when the vehicle slammed into the 10-wheel truck.
A check of the GPS system on the van showed that the vehicle’s last recorded speed before the accident was 93 kph, he said, adding that the evidences suggested that the driver was careless while driving.
He went on saying that the fire which erupted after the collision was caused by a ruptured oil tube as a result of the collision.
Since all the vans were insured with LMG insurance company, Mr Kamon said that relatives of the dead victims were entitled to 400,000 baht compensation each for the start and another 500,000 baht each if the court ruled that the transport company was faulted for the reckless driving of its driver.
LTD director-general Sanit Promwong, meanwhile, said the department had expressed condolence for the relatives of the dead victims. He also vowed to take legal actions against the transport company and its driver to be held accountable for the accident.
Lessons from this fatal accident will be used to mete out measures – both immediate and long-term – to prevent a repeat of such an accident, said Mr Sanit.
At least they’re not blaming alcohol for this one and it’s good to see that at last they realize that in this case bad driving was the cause. As it is in a high percentage of accidents here.
The Buriram Times sends their sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.