The government must take urgent steps to allow Thai transport operators to move more freely into neighbouring countries and encourage cost-effective coach manufacturing if local businesses are to enjoy the benefits of Asean integration.
Some current laws make it more difficult for Thai transport operators, mainly passenger coaches, to enter neighbouring countries than for foreign coaches to enter Thailand, said Wasuchet Sophonsathin, president of the Thai Transportation Operators Association.
"Each country remains strict in enforcing its laws. While Malaysian coaches can easily enter into Thailand, Thai coaches encounter a lot of problems, which lessen their advantages at the border," he said, adding that the association has been in talks with the government about this matter.
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