Insurance conflicts delay jet ski scandal resolution at least 3 months

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Resolution of Pattaya’s long-running jet ski scandal will be delayed at least another three months as city officials settle disagreements over insurance coverage.

At a March 29 meeting, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said the committee formed to end the scams dropped the Feb. 28 deadline by which Pattaya’s jet ski operators had to register for insurance and has not set a new one.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh becomes a bit animated with his committee’s inability to come to an insurance agreement.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh becomes a bit animated with his committee’s inability to come to an insurance agreement.

The problem, he said was that rules set by the committee for minimum insurance coverage clashed with those promulgated by the Marine Department.

City officials said policies had to cover a minimum 50,000 baht in damage per year. The Marine department demanded the insurance cover at least 50,000 baht per incident, with no limit on claims. The premium for such policies exceeded the city committee’s suggestion of 8,000 baht per year.

Ronakit said the committee now needs time to sort out the conflicts and draft new regulations to be submitted to the Transport Ministry for approval. That process will take at least three months he said.