Thailand speed limits to be halved?

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Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by Big Boy » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:01 pm

This might be a great safety idea if they had a police force capable of enforcing it, and a nation prepared to comply.
The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning is mulling a reduction in the speed limit along city roads from 80 kilometres per hour to 40, director Chaiwat Thongkhamkoon said on Monday.

He noted that Thailand has the highest city speed limit in Asia, where the norm is 40-60km/hr.

“Thailand might opt for a speed limit of 40km/hr, the same as Japan,” he said.
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Post by PeteC » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:17 pm

When I first read that the other day I did multiple :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: . Over and over again all statistics say that 85% + - of all accidents and fatalities are caused by motorcycles at all times of the year, no special holiday needed. So this time lets everyone focus on them! :idea: On city streets when can an auto even get up to 80kph with all the traffic and traffic lights. If they're talking cutting it to 40kph on the city expressways they are truly daft. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Speed Limits to be Halved?

Post by Blacky » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:23 pm

What speed limit? They can reduce it to 20 km/hr and nobody will give a shite if it is not being enforced, controlled and fined by the MiB.
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Post by Felipesed1 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:03 pm

prcscct wrote:Over and over again all statistics say that 85% + - of all accidents and fatalities are caused by motorcycles at all times of the year, no special holiday needed. So this time lets everyone focus on them! :idea:
Caused by motorcycles, or involving motorcycles?
A very big difference!

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Post by PeteC » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:11 pm

Felipesed1 wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:03 pm
prcscct wrote:Over and over again all statistics say that 85% + - of all accidents and fatalities are caused by motorcycles at all times of the year, no special holiday needed. So this time lets everyone focus on them! :idea:
Caused by motorcycles, or involving motorcycles?
A very big difference!
You are correct. If I recall correctly the accounts used the words "involving". Where the responsibility lies for the driving that caused the accident I don't think we've ever seen broken down and published. Pete :cheers:
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Post by RCer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:28 pm

Felipesed1 wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:03 pm
prcscct wrote:Over and over again all statistics say that 85% + - of all accidents and fatalities are caused by motorcycles at all times of the year, no special holiday needed. So this time lets everyone focus on them! :idea:
Caused by motorcycles, or involving motorcycles?
A very big difference!
How many motorbikes are on the road vs cars? 2 or 3 per car, maybe more?

As for the original subject, kind useless to make a change. Current limits are ignored by most cars anyway.

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Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:26 pm

I agree that speed limits here will probably continue to be arbitrarily obeyed, and arbitrarily enforced.

But really, after Dubai where speed cameras have been cloning themselves over the past 10 years, Thailand is a refreshing change. And the most dangerous driving I've seen in Thailand is generally by uniformed schoolboys on motor bikes. They just don't have fear (typical teenagers). Driving in the UAE is a contact sport. Yes, driving here is very undisciplined, but not usually a deliberate macho death duel.

I admit I rarely think about speed limits. I judge what's safe by the road condition, weather, and the traffic. I had no accidents that were judged my fault in a lot of years, so I think my driving is fine (OK, don't we all....).

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Post by StevePIraq » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:40 pm

As of November 2016 the stats were as follows:
There are now more than 37 million registered cars and motorcycles in Thailand, including 2.45 million units registered this year, said Mr Sanit Promwong, director-general of Land Transport Department, on Monday.
Altogether 37,268,655 vehicles have been registered until now. These are divided into
20,289,721 motorcycles,
8,146.250 passenger cars,
6,259,806 pick-up trucks,
1,049,749 trucks and
156,089 public transport.
During the January-October period, a total of 2,456,686 vehicles were registered. These are divided into 1,620,901 motorcycles, an increase of 84,281 over the same period last year; 490,124 passenger cars that carry not more than seven people, an increase of 35,854 over the same period last year; and 212,281 pick-up trucks – a drop of 3,631 units from the same period last year.
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Post by kendo » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:45 pm

They also need to get serious about tackling drink driving.
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Re: Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by Big Boy » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:52 pm

kendo wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:45 pm
They also need to get serious about tackling drink driving.
They need to do a lot of things, but it won't happen until there's a proper police force, and proper deterrents. I was genuinely caught speeding once (many times where it's been a figment of the BIB's imagination). The fine was 400 Baht, paid at the Post Office. I don't normally drive fast anymore, but 400 Baht is a joke.
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Post by RCer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:15 pm

Big Boy wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:52 pm
kendo wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:45 pm
They also need to get serious about tackling drink driving.
They need to do a lot of things, but it won't happen until there's a proper police force, and proper deterrents. I was genuinely caught speeding once (many times where it's been a figment of the BIB's imagination). The fine was 400 Baht, paid at the Post Office. I don't normally drive fast anymore, but 400 Baht is a joke.
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To you 400 baht is a pittance. To my wife who earned 10,000 baht a month and was actually considered a skilled and therefore highly paid worker in Phetchabun, it would have been more than a day's wage.

Try taking a day's wage away from a minimum wage worker in the US and the Liberals will lose their minds.

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Re: Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by handdrummer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:49 pm

RCer, you're assuming that u.s. liberals have minds. that's ok, a lot of people make that mistake but most of them are liberals.

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Re: Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by RCer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:18 pm

handdrummer wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:49 pm
RCer, you're assuming that u.s. liberals have minds. that's ok, a lot of people make that mistake but most of them are liberals.
Lol

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Re: Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by RCer » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:19 pm

StevePIraq wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:40 pm
As of November 2016 the stats were as follows:
Thanks, good info.

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Re: Thailand speed limits to be halved?

Post by europtimiste » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:45 pm

Useless, slower you drive less careful you are. Speed limit in Bangkok, depends on traffic. Enforcing is a joke. Fix speed cameras will be stolen or destroyed. In 20 years of driving I payed 2 fines, last was 500 baht 137 km/h instead of ?????
I don't know. Ha..ha..ha.

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