Restrict large tour buses to bus terminal



Re: Traffic is getting worse (PM Mailbag, Friday, 30 November 2012) – It seems common sense to have large tour buses restricted to the Bus Terminal, i.e.; where we board buses for Bangkok. Pattaya is made up of a myriad of tiny sois. Hence, vehicle size should at the maximum be ‘mini-van’ size. Almost a no-brainer.

Town planning even in newly released land being developed towards Jomtien is totally absent. One would have thought that the newly developed areas would have sidewalks and underground cables – after learning from the mess in developed parts. Sadly, not.

The problem with common sense is it ain’t very common. The traffic is bad and headed for worse once the 4000+ condo units in Pattaya get ready over 2013 & 2014. By that stage it will become attractive to live at Hua Hin or elsewhere and leave a heavily smog-filled and traffic-clogged Pattaya to the locals and other die-hards!

The joy of being a ‘farang’ is our ability to up and leave when things get unbearable. Thailand has laws for everything including ‘a ban on prostitution’. Maybe common-sense will allow govt. & police to implement a fraction of the traffic laws.

Marc Hawkes