Steven Chandler, the Chairman of British Embassy in Thailand was visiting Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha with British Honorary Consul, Martin Carpenter yesterday (February 13). Mr Chandler was aiming to discuss the security of British tourists who visiting this island and to make a plea for more safe public transport. Mr Chandler told he believed Phuket officers have worked hard to care about British tourists at general but still he worried about road accidents. Gov Tri asked to pay attention for more safe roads. Last year British Ambassador to Thailand Asif Ahmad itself said if road accidents were sitting second rank of Britons killer in Thailand after the death by natural causes.
“The injured British tourists were mostly ones who rode motorbikes. The tourists might be drunk or riding without helmets so it would be a chance to monitor them more carefully,” said Mr Chandler. Governor Tri said he would ask police to set up more checkpoints to find the problems. “We will set up many checkpoints on some roads to monitor drivers who endangered others by driving in drunken condition or other traffic offences,” said him. “Otherwise tourists should report any problems to the police so local police can help them immediately,” he said.
Mr Martin also urged the governor to pay more attention about the safe transport in Phuket. The governor said the efforts has covered the project of a light rail system in Phuket to connect airport with Patong, Kata, Karon and other popular beach areas, as well Phuket Town. The new fare system of traditional transport is also discussed so passengers can travel around Patong for B50 per person but the details were following later. In the other side Patong tunnel project has approved for supporting safer roads.
News by Phuket News