The Land Transport Department will stop accepting new registration of double-decker buses because they are more vulnerable to road accidents than ordinary buses, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Thursday (March 22).
He added that operators of existing double-decker buses would be required to bring their vehicles for examination whether they meet the safety standard of the Land Transport Department.
The tightening up of safety of double-decker buses and the move to stop new registration of double-decker buses, which is yet to become effective, follows a horrific bus accident in Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday (March 21) in which 18 people were killed and more than 30 injured.
According to road accident statistics involving tour buses for last year, there were altogether 171 incidents, 63 of them involved double-decker buses. However, the number of casualties from accident involving a double-decker bus is six times higher than a normal bus.
The average height of a double decker is 4.3 metres compared to 3.6 metres for an ordinary bus.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)