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    Important Issues and Attempted Changes Striking at the Thai Way of Life

    I'm sure we have all seen the press reports

    Recent Traffic / Driving Regulations
    The enforcement of traffic / driving regulations, concerning traveling in the back of pick up trucks and trucks. How many are allowed inside cars, pickups etc. in terms of their qualified seating, e.g. a 2 door cab pickup cannot have people sitting on the bench behind the 2 front seats

    Here's the dilemma for me; there is no doubting the safety issues around people traveling without seat belts and in the back of pick up trucks, its fairly obvious. This will literally impact on millions of people and the purposeful use of pick up trucks. What will it do to the Thai car industry which is one of the main employers. What are the plans for public transport in rural areas which actually have most of the population of Thailand

    The situation has evolved over many years through lack of law enforcement to the point that its engrained in the way of life. I have absolutely no idea how this can be solved easily


    Removal of Street Food Vendors in BKK
    Again this goes to the very heart of the Thai way of life. A lot of people live solely on affordable street food. They dont have decent cooking facilities or cant afford the cost of shopping and cooking for themselves. Even the middle class and hi so are regular eaters of street food. There is no division here. Tourists obviously love the vibe and the food itself too; its an inherent attraction and one of the core reasons people visit

    The authorities are dealing with multiple strand issues. They can't solve the traffic problems in BKK, due to lack of law enforcement and lack of regulation. This also includes regulating street food

    There is no doubt in many areas of BKK you cannot walk on the pavement. This isn't just Sukhumvit, Silom and other touristy areas, its on many main thoroughfares. Its like a plague of locusts of food and other vendors and m bike taxis. Of course pedestrians are forced onto the road where they have to contend with slow moving or parked taxis 2-3 deep as well as the traffic itself

    The dilemma again! You absolutely cannot fuck with the need for street food and also how this creates the city vibe (IMO Singapore style will destroy that!) but it needs regulated and needs to stay on the street


    These 2 things go to the very core of the Thai way of life and yet we have a government who think they can just change this overnight and is engulfed in a pretext of where regulations and laws haven't been enforced or authorities are paid to ignore. A real head scratcher

    Sorry for the ramblings, but these are truly worrying times for Thailand
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    Normally when things like this come up some people are panicking, but a few months later things are more or less back to normal and life goes on.
    Honestly for safety and traffic the idea is good, but in real life it's not going to work and I would really be surprised if this is going to get forced through.
    Maybe it's a way to make the street vendors buy licenses and to have a bit of control of what's going on.
    It's a bit like the alcohol and cigarettes taxes......all blurry, but only small changes.

    I'm a bit optimistic, so let's hope I'm right 555
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    Government puts on hold banning riding on pickup truck beds

    The government has agreed to put on hold its order banning the riding in the back and cabs of pickup trucks after considering that such riding has become the way of life of Thai people.

    However it has designated the Royal Thai Police to issue extra regulations to ensure safety riding on these cargo spaces of pickup trucks.Deputy transport minister Phichit Akrathit stated the need to ease the ban on a long term basis to implant safety conscience of the people.

    He said the ease of the ban came after a meeting with relevant government agencies to discuss the issue after the ban triggered public outcry.

    The meeting agreed that riding on pickup truck beds and enclosed cabs has long been practised and become the Thai way of life in travelling.

    Sanit Phromwong, director-general of the Land Transport Department, said the Royal Thai Police which is the law enforcer was designated to issue extra regulations to ease the ban which will take effect immediately.

    He said such eased restriction might include speed limit or passenger limit for pickup trucks with passengers riding on the truck beds cabs.

    The eased regulation could be in use temporarily or indefinitely depending on the police to decide, he said.
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    I would say things liek this are FAR more of a real scary issue..

    https://prachatai.com/english/node/7067

    2 year jail terms for any journalist who isnt 'junta approved'.. You couldnt make shit like that up.

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    They are also making a street food festival in Bangkok, saying it's a big part of Thai culture and that it's going to stay for good...........
    So everything is back to normal even before it anything was changed 5555
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    Quote Originally Posted by geir View Post
    They are also making a street food festival in Bangkok, saying it's a big part of Thai culture and that it's going to stay for good...........
    So everything is back to normal even before it anything was changed 5555
    But it isn't.............Thong Lor and Ekamai are already decimated along with some other areas.

    As usual the fucking idiots haven't thought the whole thing through or actually don't care, until international poor publicity shines a light on it

    Lets see if they at least partially let some vendors back into these areas

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    I didn't know that, anyway they should use this opportunity to get the street vendors licensed. 1-2k a year for a street food license would be fair, and hopefully everyone would be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geir View Post
    I didn't know that, anyway they should use this opportunity to get the street vendors licensed. 1-2k a year for a street food license would be fair, and hopefully everyone would be happy.
    Agreed it needs some kind of regulation but only to control the numbers and i suppose hygiene etc

    Vanquished vendors -- What's it all about? | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

    Thon Lor and Ekamai if you know these roads you will understand how destructive this situation is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geespot View Post
    But it isn't.............Thong Lor and Ekamai are already decimated along with some other areas.

    As usual the fucking idiots haven't thought the whole thing through or actually don't care, until international poor publicity shines a light on it

    Lets see if they at least partially let some vendors back into these areas
    Is someone hungry and lost their favourite food stall? Truly worrying 555

    Since when has international publicity made the slightest bit of difference? The corruption, human rights, prostitution, jet skis, road death figures, etc hasn't been addressed because of poor international publicity so why would they give a hoot about street food? The Red Bull fella was the top story on the BBC website for nearly two days running the other week, has or will anything be done about that? will it fk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stupscott View Post
    Is someone hungry and lost their favourite food stall? Truly worrying 555

    Since when has international publicity made the slightest bit of difference? The corruption, human rights, prostitution, jet skis, road death figures, etc hasn't been addressed because of poor international publicity so why would they give a hoot about street food? The Red Bull fella was the top story on the BBC website for nearly two days running the other week, has or will anything be done about that? will it fk.
    Fair comment other than to say don't fuck with Thai peoples stomachs

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    One of the things I enjoy most about BKK is the street food. Let's hope cool heads prevail and it survives in some workable form.

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