PHUKET: The Phuket Land Transport Office’s trial ban on bus and truck traffic to Patong via the infamous Phra Barami Road over Patong Hill is a good idea.

However, lack of proper enforcement by responsible officials, especially Traffic Police units, has the potential to jeopardize success during the trial period – and in the long term, if the measure is adopted on a more permanent basis.

The idea to ban trucks and buses heading westward over “Mt Mayhem” will certainly be costly and perceived as a major injustice and inconvenience by responsible business operators with proven safety records; such measures seldom sit well with victims who are forced to endure sanctions imposed on them due to the negligence, recklessness or sheer stupidity of others.