We all know that the standards of driving in Thailand are poor, so anything that can be done to improve matters would be welcomed by most, especially if fatal accidents could be reduced.
So when plans to introduce a fifteen hour training scheme for new drivers was withdrawn on Wednesday by the government, you have to wonder what the future holds for Thailand’s deadly roads.
Arkom Termpittayapaisit of the Transport Ministry said “Facilities were not yet available to introduce the new regulations and the fee of 6000 baht may be too expensive for many people.”
But how much is a human life worth?
It is madness to permit a youngster on the roads unsupervised, yet we know there are many untrained people behind the wheel of a vehicle in Thailand.
The fifteen hours of training would have been a step in the right direction for the government, so let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later.
If the education of new drivers goes ahead, they will undergo five hours of theory, three of maintenance training and six hours behind the wheel on courses and open roads.
We know the government are doing their very best to increase road safety and Love Pattaya support anything that will prevent loss of life on Thailand’s streets.