Thursday, 5 January 2017
BANGKOK: The Transport Ministry plans to strictly control passenger vans and replace them with buses after the fiery accident in Chon Buri caused 25 fatalities.
The Bangkok-bound minivan from Chanthaburi province ran into a pickup truck loaded with passengers and both vehicles burst into flames, killing 14 people in the van and 11 in the pickup.
Two passengers survived.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that exhaustion might have been a major factor in the accident.
“From the preliminary examination of the case, we found that the van had just passed inspection last September and there was no problem with the engine and gas tanks,” Arkhom said.
“So the accident might have been caused by the drivers fatigue or speeding, but this has to be confirmed by the officers again.
Tighter regulations will be issued,” he said.
The number of passenger vans crossing provincial borders will be reduced by 2019 and replaced with buses, he said.
This year the number of accidents has risen to 3,157 compared to 2,753 last year.
Source by: Internet