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27 March 2014 :: 15:03:33 pm 83472

Double Decker Buses Banned from Steep Hills and Mountain Roads

The Department of Land Transport announced that double decker buses are to be banned from driving up and over mountains and steep roads all over the country. The announcement came after a bus suffered break failure which was descending a steep hill killing 29 and injuring 19
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BANGKOK – March 26, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Mr. Atsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket (Director-General of Department of Land Transport) talked about the accident and how to prevent it from happening again with officers from all over the country. After deep discussions they concluded that the double decker buses will no longer be able to drive up and over the steep hill and mountain routes and will have to take alternative routes. The case was bought about after a double decker bus suffered break failure on a mountain pass killing 29 passengers and injuring 19.

Mr. Atsathai continued to say that the double decker buses will only be able to drive on low laying roads and will also be speed restricted which the Department of Land Transport will enforce. If tour companies don’t comply with the new rules they will face serious consequences. At present there are approximately 20,000 double decker buses in service from a total of 40,000 buses in the system.

The Director-General of Department of Land Transport said that double decker buses are not suitable to drive along the steep routes as these kind of buses have problems with balancing and they are more suitable to be driven on flatter roads with a limited speed. He also said that the bus drivers should drive more responsibly and check the route before leaving.

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