BANGKOK, 10 August 201: Thailand’s Ministry of Transport will introduce road safety measures based on successful models introduced in Japan.
According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, said the measures were agreed on during the 7th Thailand-Japan Joint Working Group meeting held Wednesday at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Thailand’s Ministry of Transport and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was signed to review and adapt Thailand’s road safety rules.
According to NNT, the ministry and related agencies have already adopted measures based on the Japanese model for four pilot highway routes in Suphan Buri, Phetchabun, Uttaradit, and Khon Kaen provinces.
If successful, the measures will be expanded to eight additional provinces where the road accident rate is high.
During a field trip to Japan, officials concluded there were lessons to be learned from Japan as it places stringent rules on public transport for vehicles and equipment as well as the safety of drivers and passengers.
They are now being applied to the Thai public transport system.
Thailand has the second highest road fatalities per 1,000 of the population in the world. Efforts to reduce road fatalities especially during public holidays have so far failed to dent the accident rate.
As tourist arrivals grow to around 38 million this year, accidents involving foreigners are also on the rise and the government has pledged to improve safety and regulations for all forms of transport land and sea linked to tourism services.
(Source: National News Bureau)
An interesting development. As Japan has a very different culture to Thailand, the simple transfer of compliance focused interventions will have little effect. As the evidence will demonstrate.
As the Japanese system is hugely more expensive, requiring far more bureaucracy, yet still failing to actually take riders out onto the roads and train people to deal with real world interactions. There will be little improvement in statistics, except for the profits of those offering training.
It should be noted that even with the high levels of compliance and enforcement required in the very highly conformist Japanese culture, it still falls short when compared with the numbers of people dying in road accidents in any of the countries who offer far less compliant focused interventions, but instead focusing on the real world skills training required to help people stay safe and share the roads together. That includes Singapore in Asia.
Let’s wait and see, could Thai drivers seriously follow the rules of driving as the Japanese drivers do which cause more of accidents ?
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