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Chartered van operators for tourism and business purpose ask to exempt them from public transport vans

Operators of commuter vans yesterday gathered in Saraburi province calling for the revision of the Land Traffic Law that mandated their vehicles to be installed with global positioning system (GPS) devices, and that speed limit is set at 90 kilometres an hour.

They said their commuter vans are used for tourism and business and are unlike the public transport vans which are currently used to provide passenger services on regular routes that are facing stricter control by the government.

More than 50 operators of chartered vans submitted a petition to the government via the the provincial governor.

They asked the the government to separate their chartered vans with the capacity of less than 12 passengers for business and tourism from public transport vans under Section 3 of the Land Traffic Act, reasoning that their routes are irregular unlike public commuter vans which have regular routes.

They also urged the government to revoke a 90 kilometer/hour speed limit and the requirement that all vans must have GPS-based tracking devices.

In addition they said the arrest should be suspended a temporary pending the revision of the law and the revocation of regulation that requires personal vans to register with the government.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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