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No laws covering ATV safety, say Phuket Tourist Police

No laws covering ATV safety, say Phuket Tourist Police

PHUKET: An official from the Phuket Tourist Police has today confirmed that there are no laws currently in place covering ATV safety.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 7 September 2018, 05:59PM


The announcement comes following the death of Saudi Arabian tourist Muteb Alsahli, 24, who died on Tuesday (Sept 4) after suffering head injuries in an ATV accident last Sunday (Sept 2). (See story here.)

Speaking to The Phuket News today (Sept 7), Capt Eakkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police confirmed, “There are no laws to covering this kind of this vehicle. We can only point out to ATV businesses about the safety of ATVs for tourist.

“We have been to check three ATV businesses in Phuket since last weekend’s accident – ATV Seaview, Phuket Happy Paradise and Phra Thai Chang Yai – and other places in Phang Nga province (who Capt Eakkachai declined to name).

“They have tourism business certificates so they have not broken any laws. All businesses inspected follow the safety procedures such as giving ATV drivers helmets and making sure they use seat belts,” he said.

“We still keep checking ATV businesses and other risk places in Phuket.

“The Saudi Arabian tourist’s death is still under investigation. This case is not concluded yet,” he added.

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Timothy | 11 September 2018 - 08:24:35

Yes Desktop, much better to have nobody inforce or follow rules. Of course the result is the most dangerous roads in the world. But who cares? You get to drive in any direction, at any speed you like... Brilliant! 

DeKaaskopp | 10 September 2018 - 11:23:21

Wiesel,you know that many people here come from "Nanny States"with millions of laws and ridiculous fines.Other people would like to live in a "Nanny state".That's the reason why some of them can't cope with the different lifestyle here.That's why they are so unhappy here and that's why they have to show their bitterness regularly.

Rorri_2 | 10 September 2018 - 09:00:29

Wiesel, "How much more licenses, rules, insurances, registrations you want??? " those rule, laws, etc, are already there, I'm not sure what you are on about.

Kurt | 09 September 2018 - 22:21:28

Mr Wiesel, it is not about more as mentioned in your question.  By thai law, any vehicle driving on public road must have a registration plate, and a insurance and I presume the driver a driving license, at least that of a motorbike driver.
The RTP nonsense that the ATV owners have a business licence, so it's ok do not make sense. Must be a local 'understanding' RTP/ATV owners. So obv...

Kurt | 09 September 2018 - 17:35:04

So, if no law is covering the illegal driving ATV's ( no registration plate for driving public rd, no driving license required, as the 'thing' officially not exist) , who is guaranty law wise my safety on the road when a ATV bump into me, RTP?
The whole thing is a big joke. Laugh when I read how RTP tries to talk a bend banana straight.

Wiesel | 09 September 2018 - 11:48:04

How much more licenses, rules, insurances, registrations you want??? Give the people brains and live would be much more safe and easy. By the way, seatbelt on quadbike is deadly trap if you flip over. 

Rorri_2 | 09 September 2018 - 08:16:21

"ATV drivers helmets and making sure they use seat belts,”  really, seat belts, on a ATV, this guy is making up stories, seat belts would trap you on the vehicle if it rolled, same as motorbikes... no seat belt.

Oh, no laws... what about duty of care.

BenPendejo | 08 September 2018 - 20:42:59

Wow..very convenient...no laws, so it must be 100% the tourists fault. "Heem no lissen...dive like kayzee peepun...my bike go over hill...now kaput...heem owe me new bike".

Nasa12 | 08 September 2018 - 20:36:28

All of this ATV in Phuket are import from China, and not one singel one are payd tax or import tax for.

Island Man | 08 September 2018 - 08:31:36

Not broken any laws except it's illegal to operate ATV's on the road.

Nasa12 | 08 September 2018 - 07:20:24

What about driver license?

Discover Thainess | 07 September 2018 - 21:16:07

So there is nothing illegal about riding unregistered, unlicensed and probably uninsured ATVs on the road then? They are everywhere across the island, just go up to the Big Buddha for example. And I have never seen a seatbelt on a quad bike, that would be a death sentence if it were to roll over.  A buggy would have one though. 

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