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Whilst there is already a Songkran thread, it's more positive than this following post:

 

 

Death toll – 418 – compared to last year’s 390, the Road Safety Centre said yesterday.

 

This year also saw a higher number of injured people with 3,897 cases in 3,724 road accidents. Last year, 3,808 people were injured in 3,690 road crashes.

 

Most of the road carnage this Songkran stemmed from drunk-driving (40 per cent) and speeding (26 per cent) and 80 per cent of accidents involved motorcycles and 65 per cent took place on straight roads, Deputy Interior Minister Suthee Makboon told the media.

 

 

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BANGKOK — The gig economy is boiling over in the streets, where drivers are chasing each other down for a beating and passengers subjected to outrageous harassment.

 

The military said Tuesday it will step in to settle conflicts between taxi drivers and the dominant ride-hailing service after receiving numerous complaints about them fighting – sometimes physically – for customers.

 

“The problem is mainly between motorbike taxis and riders from GrabBike taking customers without a license,†said Maj. Gen. Manas Chandee, deputy Bangkok director of the prime minister’s military unit. “There are many reports of quarrels and physical fights between them that are sent to us.â€

 

Manas said he summoned representatives from Grab, which recently absorbed Uber regionally, to demand they cease offering service by unlicensed cars and motorcycles as quickly as possible. It’s the latest in a series of similar demands to be made in recent years.

 

Enmity between traditional transportation providers and the disruptive economy upstarts has boiled over with frequent altercations.

 

In March, a motorcycle taxi, or win, assaulted a disabled Grab win in Bangkok’s Wang Thonglang district. In January, a Kasetsart University student was verbally harassed by a win after she was seen hailing a ride with the application.

 

After yesterday’s meeting at the Bangkok offices of the Internal Security Operations Command, or ISOC, military representatives said Grab agreed to only use properly licensed vehicles and take responsibility for those operating without a license.

 

ISOC is a special military unit that answers directly to the prime minister and is responsible for national security issues.

 

Grab also reportedly told ISOC reps that it no longer pays fines for drivers caught violating the law.

 

After winning the support of traditional win for stricter regulation upon seizing power, the junta ruled in 2016 that services such as Grab and Uber were operating illegally and must cease operations. Despite signaling compliance, they continued to do so quietly.

 

Manas said ISOC receives complaints constantly from both motorcycle taxis and “concerned parties.â€

 

“We’re finding a way to resolve this problem,†he said. “We will set a meeting with the department of land transport and other related departments to discuss the matter on Thursday.â€

 

He added that ISOC would decide afterward whether it will ask the government to intervene.

 

 

Via ThaiVisa

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Can you be charged with being a complete DICK in LOS?

 

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I believe that the charge, "Being a Complete DIck" in LOS was removed from the books, due to complete popularity of such, clogging up the courts to the effect of getting nothing else done.

 

I do like the video, particularly as it demonstrates the many, many, folk coming to the scene, to get pointers and learn how to do this.

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Koh Tao rape victim escapes island and reports attack to police in the UK

On the 26th of June 2018 another British girl had her drink spiked, was robbed and raped at approximately 1am on what has become the notorious Sairee Beach on the island of Koh Tao.  Sairee Beach hit the press in 2014 when Hannah Witheridge was raped and murdered along with companion David Miller.  Eerily the spot where the latest victim was assaulted was on almost the exact spot.  The girl, who for legal reasons cannot be named, left the island after the horrific assault and attempted to report what had happened to the police on Koh Phangan. The police were happy to make a report of the robbery but refused to take any details of the rape.....

http://www.samuitimes.com/koh-tao-rape-victim-escapes-island-and-reports-attack-to-police-in-the-uk/

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