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People caught smoking on the beach will be fined up to 100,000 Baht or jailed for a year


Link Here 11th October 2017
panic beach police
  
Run! It's the beach police
 
In a bizarre over reaction to the problem of cigarette butts littering Thai beaches, the authorities are introducing massive fines and jail time for tourists transgressing a no smoking ban, to be introduced in November this year.

The measure will be introduced initially in 20 of the resorts most popular with foreign visitors including Phuket and Pattaya. The ban, which will come into effect next month, will apply to beaches in the provinces of Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla, and includes the popular resorts of Koh Samui and Pattaya.

t comes after the country's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) said it had retrieved tens of thousands of cigarette butts left in the sand. The head of the department, Jatuporn Buruspat, said that up to 138,000 cigarette butts had been collected by the environmental group over a 2.5km (1.5 miles) stretch of Patong beach in Phuket. Jatuporn added that the while smoking will be prohibited on the beaches affected by the measure, there will be designated areas further inland where smokers will be able to smoke and drop their litter in provided containers.

Jatuporn Buruspat said that officials were also considering measures aimed at tackling the related issue of cigarette butts being dropped by tourists from boats.

One of the areas affected is looking forward to the collections of fines. A representative of the Hua Hin authority has announced that tetsakit, tourist police, and what was termed 'beach police' would be patrolling to enforce the ban. On a slightly more positive note, the Hua Hin authorities are considering a lower fine of 2,000 baht. But it still has to be a terrifying prospect of commission based wardens being a little over-zealous with imaginative enforcement methods.

And in another new measure targeting beach goes, Pattaya authorities have introduced a ban preventing beach vendors from selling alcohol. The measure came into force at the start of October this year but early reports suggest that the new prohibition is not yet being enforced and that beers and cocktails are still readily available.

 

  Smart operators...

Pattaya authorities attempt to ban Uber and GrabTaxi from operating in Pattaya


Link Here 28th September 2017
grabtaxi logoPattaya's authorities have decided to side with local 'metered' taxis who illegally refuse to use their meters and charge inflated fares. The local authorities have decided to ban smart phone based services Uber and GrabTaxi that operate on predetermined and distinctly cheaper rates. And as a token gesture to Pattaya's overcharged taxi patrons, the 'metered' taxis have been told to start using their meters...as if.

The high rates charge by 'metered' taxis have allowed discounted unlicensed competitors as well as cars using Uber, GrabTaxi, or even just arrangements using Line, have caused a bit of friction by undercutting the high traditional rates, inevitably leading to violent confrontation. Hence the police and Pattaya authorities getting involved.

From a quick survey of Pattaya forum postings, the rates from Uber and GrabTaxi seem to be about half of the prices charged by 'metered' taxis. So a typical 300 Baht fare across town is likely to be more like 150 from the competing operators.

 

  A close scrape...

Going for a spin on Theprassit Road


Link Here 27th February 2017

motorcycle accidentI saw an amazing incident last night on the way to Walking Street.

I was standing on the back of the Baht Bus and we'd stopped to pick up some passengers, just past the junction with Theprassit road, when I heard a scraping noise. I looked round and there was a motorcycle coming up fast in the outside lane, only it was on it's side with no driver.

I looked back and there was a Thai boy lying in the middle of the road. He soon got up and limped to the side of the road and sat down. He was wearing a T-shirt and Jeans, no helmet.

He sat down for 10 seconds and then limped after his bike. I don't know what happened to his bike, I couldn't see it, when we moved off.

He was very lucky but he won't learn from this.

 

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