Commuter van operators want to return to Victory Monument

Operators of commuter vans have petitioned the government seeking for permission to return to the Victory Monument after suffering enormous loss from operation.

The petition was sent by their representative, the Inter Provincial Commuter Van Business Operation Association's secretary Ms Siripis Jetanadee to the government's working committee on commuter van reorganization.

In the petition, the operators said passengers using commuter van service had dropped 90% after they were rearranged and evicted from the Victory Monument to three bus terminals since 25 October last year, pending construction of a new van terminal near Morchit bus terminal over the next 10 months.

Moreover they also asked for reprieve if van driver is caught for driving over the 90-km speed limit. In this offence, they ask that they be fined but not to confiscate their driving licences.

They also wanted to take passengers along the way to the destination.

But committee chairman Col Suvit Ketsri rejected their requests saying only the van terminal and taking passengers on the way would be acceptable.

However only certain spots on the route would be allowed for commuter vans to stop and take passengers, he said.

He went on saying that confiscation of driving licence could be relaxed and replaced by the issuance of traffic ticket for violation of the speed limit.

He added the working committee would propose the central land traffic management committee a plan to replace all commuter vans with 20-seat mini buses instead on June 15.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)