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28 September 2012 :: 14:09:35 pm 67009

Officials Get Serious About New Jet Ski Rules

Several Pattaya jet ski operators were found in violation of the new jet ski rules during a random check by officials on Pattaya Beach. They were ordered to fix the violations. Officials will be making weekly random checks of Pattaya and Jomtien beaches to monitor jet ski operators to curb tourist rip-offs.
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PATTAYA – September 27, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: A random check of jet ski operators at Pattaya beach was conducted by Mr. Ronnakij Ekasing, vice president of Muang Pattaya and the chairman of the committee for solving the problems about Pattaya jet ski renters; Pol. Col. Thammanoon Mankong, director of Muang Pattaya police station; Mr. Pongthasit Pichanan, the general secretary of Prevention and Suppression division of Banglamung district; Mr. Ekaraj Kantharo, the professional authority of the marine department; Mr. Adisorn Phollook-inta, consultant of the minister of the Labor and Social Welfare ministry; and other related enforcement officers.

The VIPs came to Pattaya beach to randomly check the jet ski operators to solve problems and make the rental owners more accountable for their actions, in order to sustain and stabilize the industry. Pol. Col. Thammanoon said that this new patrolling to randomly check in the area will now be a common practice by authorities whose concern is to prevent dishonest operators from exploiting tourists.

The random check revealed that some jet skis had not been registered with the city, and since the jet skis were being used in service, the owners were found guilty. Officials also noted that some jet skis had noticeable evidence of damages, so the authorities ordered the owners to repair the damages before renting out the jet ski.

Official said that city staff will be making weekly random checks all over the Pattaya and Jomtien beaches to enforce the new rules. They will be checking rental operations for compliance with regulations regarding the vessels, engines, safety equipment such as life jackets, and licenses of the steersman, etc.

Officials also took time during the random check to inform some tourist renters about the new laws. In case of tourist exploitation, the authorities assured the renters that they will enforce the laws in all forms. And if tourists caused damages to the jet skis, fair procedures would be followed to accurately assess the damages.

The new rules and increased enforcement came about after Chonburi governor Mr. Komsan Ekachai appointed a working group to fix the jet ski rental problem. Matters have gotten out of hand now that foreign embassies have begun warning travelers to avoid Pattaya’s rip-off jet ski operators.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Tourism News

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