Thailand Beefing Up Road Safety

The Thailand Ministry of Transport will be improving the road safety across the country with new regulations and measures based on successful models implemented in Japan. The new measures, agreed upon in a conference in a Novotel in Bangkok, will be implemented as soon as possible.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Kingdom’s Transport Minister, ArkhomTermpittayapaisith, says that the measures were agreed upon during the 7th Thailand-Japan Joint Working Group meeting, held on August 8, 2018, at the Novotel in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Thailand’s Ministry of Transport and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have both agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will review and adapt Thailand’s currently existing road safety rules.

According to the NNT, the ministry and its related agencies have already adopted some of the measures based on the Japanese road models. Pilot operations started at four highway routes in the country, at the KhonKaen, Phetchabun, SuphanBuri and Uttaradit provinces..

If these measures prove successful, the measures will be expanded to eight other provinces in the country noted for their high rates of vehicular accidents.

During their trip to Japan, officials from the Ministry of Transport concluded that there were lessons they could learn from Japan as it has stringent rules on its public transport for vehicles, as well as equipment, and the safety of drivers and passengers.

These new measures are now being implemented to Thailand’s public transport system.

Thailand currently has the second highest road fatalities per 1,000 of the population in the world, and efforts to curb road fatalities, especially during the public holidays, have not had much of an effect on road safety in the country.

Another industry being affected by the high rate of road fatalities in the Kingdom is the tourism industry. As the tourism industry and the number of tourist arrivals in the country go up to approximately 38 million in 2018, accidents involving foreigners have also gone up, and the Thai government have pledged to improve safety and regulations for all forms of transport, including land and sea travel, which are linked to tourism services .

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