DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (March 23) that the Transport Ministry is strictly checking buses and has not been extending the registration of double-decker buses since 2015, Thai News Agency and INN News reported.
This was an effort to allay widespread fear of double-decker buses after the horrific crash in Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat, on Wednesday night killing 18 holidaymakers and injuring over 30 others.
Speaking before presiding over a meeting on prevention and reduction of road accidents during Songkran Festival, Gen Prawit said Transport Company too will have to improve its buses and ensure that the public is as safe as can be.
Regarding drivers using drugs, Gen Prawit said checks are already being made with their driving license up for renewal every three years.
While also ordering a strict check on drug use among drivers, Gen. Prawit admitted that it would be difficult to catch all the drug using drivers, with this being similar to not being able to force everyone to buckle their seat belts.
Top: Gen. Prawit reassures the public about double-decker buses. Photo: INN News