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BMTA notified to take delivery of first lot of NGV buses on Jan 9-10

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has been notified to get ready to take delivery of the first lot of 290 NGV buses from Bestlin Group on January 9-10.

BMTA director Surachai Iamwachiraskul told the media on Friday that he had received the notification from Bestlin Group but was not 100 percent sure that the company would be able to deliver the buses as notified.

Anyway, he said that he had made available the parking lot for the bus fleet if they could be delivered.

Bestlin Group won the bid to supply BMTA with 489 NGV buses supposed to be assembled in Malaysia with Malaysian local contents which would have exempted the bus fleet from import taxes under Asean free trade area arrangement. However, Customs Department impounded the bus fleet at Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chon Buri under suspicion that the buses were not assembled in Malaysia but originated from China in fully-assembled form which must be taxed.

Assistant Transport Minister Pichit Akaratit warned BMTA to be careful in taking delivery of the first lot of the bus fleet, reminding that they must not go against the terms of reference.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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