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31 August 2012 :: 16:08:05 pm 66017

City Cracks Down On Jet Ski Operators

City officials have announced new rules aimed at controlling Pattaya jet ski operators who rip off tourists. Under the new rules, penalties for violations can range from arrests and fines to termination of the rental operation.
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PATTAYA – August 30, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 10:30 a.m., stricter rules for jet ski operators were proposed by city officials at the Pattaya Administration office. The action aims to tackle the long-standing problem of crooked jet ski operators.

A well-known scam is for jet ski operators to claim that renters damaged the craft during the rental, and demand large sums of money for the bogus repairs.

Threats and occasional violence have been used against protesting tourists. Several foreign embassies now warn their countrymen not to rent jet skis in Pattaya.

To tackle the problem, a special committee was appointed on August 9 by Chonburi provincial governor Mr. Komsan Aekkachai.

The committee is chaired by Mr. Ronnakit Akasing, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Pattaya. Other group members include the head of the tourism police station in Pattaya, the head of the Sriracha sea police,harbor office Pattaya branch; the Banglamung sheriff; several private organizations; and owners of jet ski operations.

The committee found that there are 168 operators of rental jet skis in the waters off Pattaya, Jomtien and Koh Larn Island. They collectively own a total of 452 jet skis and other watercraft.

In the breakdown, Pattaya Beach has 57 operators with 154 jet skis; Jomtien beach has 85 operators with 205 jet skis; and Koh Larn has 26 operators and 93 jet skis.

After a two-hour meeting, the committee released a summary of proposed new rules for jet ski operators:

1. The need to set up a central service point for rentals at Pattaya beach, Jomtien beach and Koh Lan, for the convenience and safety of customers.

2. Set a standard service price for jet ski rentals, including the insurance price for accidents in the pricing of tickets.

3. The service time for rentals will not go past 6 p.m. daily.

4. Provide notice to operators of the exact punishment for violations, ranging from a soft punishment of arrests and fines, to terminating the business.

In cases of severe violations, such as beating tourists or extorting money, the harshest punishment of terminating the business will be immediately enforced.

After the Chonburi provincial governor gives his signature to the proposed rules, all of the jet ski operators in Pattaya will be notified, and required to acknowledge and adopt the new rules immediately.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Tourism News

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