Govt allows six riders in a pickup – for now

Govt allows six riders in a pickup – for now

Revellers on a pickup truck are ambushed with roadside water splashes on the Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road in Nonthaburi two years ago. Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd says they will have one more chance this year to celebrate in this way. CHANAT KATANYU
Revellers on a pickup truck are ambushed with roadside water splashes on the Bang Kruai-Sai Noi Road in Nonthaburi two years ago. Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd says they will have one more chance this year to celebrate in this way. CHANAT KATANYU

A pickup truck can carry up to six people in its cab and bed, the government spokesman said on Thursday in an attempt to clear the confusion over the relaxed safety rule.

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Sansern: Pickup can carry up to six in bed, cab

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A pickup truck can carry up to six people in its cab and bed, the government spokesman said on Thursday in an attempt to clear the confusion over the relaxed safety rule.

Wednesday was the D-day for enforcing the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order banning sitting in the cab or the space behind the front seats and the beds of pickup trucks.

But after the new rule met with strong criticism and opposition from the public ahead of the water festival, the government decided to back down by temporarily relaxing the enforcement of the rule in the evening.

Lt Gen Sansern said the government aimed to ensure safety for the public, especially during the upcoming Songkran holidays, when it stepped up enforcement of the law barring people from sitting in the cabs and beds of pickup trucks and requiring all passengers in almost all types of vehicle fasten their seat belts.

He said since many people were not ready for the new rules, the government would allow some adjustment time.

The government will for now allow up to six people to sit in the space behind the front seats and the bed of a pickup truck. No one will be allowed to sit on pickup bed rails.

Meanwhile, a vehicle driver and front-seat passenger have to fasten seat belts but those in the back seats will only get a verbal warning if they fail to do so.

Lt Gen Sansern’s statement was different from what deputy police chief Detnarong Sutthichanbancha said on Wednesday. The police general said the government had not set the maximum number of passengers to sit in pickup beds.

Company employees huddle together in a pickup truck as it trundles along a flooded road in Bang Poo estate in Samut Prakan. You might expect that there will be exceptions for the new rule during flood or emergency situations. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Before the U-turn by the government, many people have vented their anger in social media.

Some say policymakers did not understand the poor and the culture of Thai people who normally travelled in pickup trucks to their hometowns in the provinces during the Songkran festival.

Some suggested the government get tough on other traffic laws such as arresting those who drove in the wrong direction as it was more likely to cause accidents.

A few small contractors complained that the new rules would severely affect their businesses as they had only a pickup truck to transport workers and construction materials to work sites.

But others support the policy, saying that it would help reduce road accident fatalities.

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Vocabulary

  • adjustment: a change in something that makes it better, more accurate, or more effective - การปรับเปลี่ยน
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • arrest (verb): (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
  • back down (verb): to take back or remove a demand, an opinion, a planned action etc. that other people are strongly opposed to - ยอมตาม
  • ban: to officially say that someone is not allowed to do something   - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ
  • barring: not allowing someone to do something or go somewhere - ห้าม
  • cab: the place where the driver sits in a bus, train or lorry/truck - ห้องคนขับในรถ
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • confusion: a feeling that you do not understand something or cannot decide what to do - ความสับสน
  • construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
  • contractor: a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. - ผู้รับเหมา
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • culture (noun): the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม
  • D-Day (noun): a date on which something important is expected to happen (From the name given to 6 June 1944, the day on which the British, US and other armies landed on the beaches of northern France in the Second World War) -
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • direction: the way something is moving or coming from - ทิศทาง
  • emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • enforcement: the process of making sure that something happens, especially that people obey a law or rule - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • exception (noun): something that is different in some way from other things and so cannot be included in a general statement ("without exception", means complete agreement with no one disagreeing) - ข้อยกเว้น
  • fasten (verb): to fix or place something in a particular position, so that it will not move - มัด, รัด, คาด
  • fatality: a death caused by an illness, accident, crime or war - การเสียชีวิต
  • festival (noun): an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity - เทศกาล
  • huddle (verb): to move close together; to move close together in order to stay warm - เกาะกลุ่มกันไว้
  • likely: probable or expected - น่าจะเป็นไปได้
  • materials (noun): substances that things can be made from - วัตถุ
  • maximum: the most possible - ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ
  • normally: usually; in normal circumstances - โดยปกติ, ตามปกติ
  • opposition: strong disagreement with a plan or policy - ความขัดแย้ง
  • passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • policymaker (noun): a person involved with creating a plan of action agreed or chosen by a political party, a business, etc. - ผู้กำหนดนโยบาย
  • rail (noun): a wooden or metal bar placed around something as a barrier or to provide support -
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • relax: to make rules, controls, conditions etc less strict -
  • relaxed (adj): (of a rule, control, condition, etc.) less strict - เข้มงวดน้อยลง
  • seat belt (noun): a belt that is attached to the seat in a car or a plane and that you fasten around yourself so that you are not thrown out of the seat if there is an accident - เข็มขัดนิรภัย
  • severely: very seriously - อย่างรุนแรง
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • stepped up: increased - เพิ่ม
  • support (verb): to help or encourage somebody/something by saying or showing that you agree with them/it - สนับสนุน
  • temporarily: for a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว
  • the poor (noun): people who have very little money - คนยากจน
  • the public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
  • tough: demanding that particular rules be obeyed and ready to give out punishments to those who refuse - ที่ลงโทษร้ายแรง เข้มงวด
  • transport: to move people or things from one place to another   - ขนส่ง
  • trundle (verb): to move or roll somewhere slowly and noisily; to move something slowly and noisily, especially something heavy, with wheels - กลิ้งไป,แล่น
  • U-turn (noun): a complete change in policy or behaviour, usually one that is embarrassing; a turn of 180° that a vehicle makes so that it can move forwards in the opposite direction - การเปลี่ยนโดยสิ้นเชิง, การเลี้ยวหรือทางเลี้ยวเป็นรูปตัว "U"
  • upcoming: happening soon; available soon - ซึ่งกำลังจะเกิดขึ้น, ซึ่งกำลังจะมา
  • vent (verb): to show or express a very strong emotion such as anger, frustration or sadness - การระบายอารมณ์
  • verbal: spoken, not written - ที่ใช้คำพูด
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
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