Shocking results have been revealed in a joint research study conducted by the Thailand Accident Research Centre (TARC) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Thai Roads Foundation last year.
The crash of a bus on the Asian Highway in Phattalung killed one passenger and sent 13 others to the hospital. Excessive speed and the extra height of double-deck buses make them prone to accidents and rolling.
The study, which was partly funded by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, found that at least 53% of vans and at least 67% of buses drive over the speed limit on the highways and motorways in Thailand. Speed surveys of buses and vans were done quarterly in 2012 on four major national highways (Highway 1, 34, 35 and 338) and on one motorway (Motorway Highway 7).
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