Taxi riders don't use seat beats in the back, survey finds

Taxi riders don't use seat beats in the back, survey finds

Chances are over 95 percent, the passengers getting in the back will not wear their seatbelts, a survery has found. Bangkok Post file photo by Apichit Jinakul.
Chances are over 95 percent, the passengers getting in the back will not wear their seatbelts, a survery has found. Bangkok Post file photo by Apichit Jinakul.

A survey has found only 3% of cab riders fastened seat belts when they were in the back.

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Survey: Taxi riders in back seats shrug off seat belts

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Do you fasten up when riding in the back seat of a taxi? If not, you are an in overwhelming majority.

A survey by the Thai Roads Foundation, an advocacy group promoting road safety, has found only 3% of the cab riders fastened seat belts when they were in the back.

The survey asked 3,717 passengers riding taxis in eight Bangkok districts early this month and the results were shown on Thursday.

Gender does not make much of a difference as men using rear-seat belts accounted for 4%, only one percentage point higher than women.

The results came despite the revised Land Transport Law which fines both taxi drivers and passengers up to 500 baht each for failing to fasten up.

The revision of the law took effect in March this year. The old law required the belts to be fastened only for the driver and passengers in the front.

The figures showed back-seat riders misunderstood, thinking they would be safe if an accident occurs, said Wichet Pihairat, a board member of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, a joint sponsor of the survey with the Land Transport Department and Chubb Insurance (Thailand).

Riding with a seat belt fastened would reduce the fatality rate by up to 40%, he added.

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Vocabulary

  • advocacy: the giving of public support to an idea, a course of action or a belief - การสนับสนุน
  • board: a group of people who have the responsibility of managing important business or government activities - คณะกรรมการ
  • cab: a taxi -
  • fasten (verb): to fix or place something in a particular position, so that it will not move - มัด, รัด, คาด
  • fasten up (verb): (of a seatbelt) to fix in a particular position, so that, the rider will not be thrown when stopping suddenly - คาดเข็มขัด
  • fatality: a death caused by an illness, accident, crime or war - การเสียชีวิต
  • figures (noun): amounts, numbers - จำนวนเลข, ตัวเลข
  • fine: to be required to pay an amount of money because you have broken the law - ปรับเป็นเงิน
  • foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
  • gender: the fact of being either male or female. The term is also used more broadly to denote a range of identities that do not correspond to established ideas of male and female. - เพศ
  • insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน
  • joint: done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
  • land transport: the moving of people and things between places using trucks, buses and other vehicles over roads -
  • law (noun): a rule that deals with a particular crime, agreement, etc. - กฎหมาย, ระเบียบ, กฎข้อบังคับ
  • majority (noun): more than half of something - ส่วนใหญ่, ส่วนใหญ่ที่สุดของกลุ่ม
  • misunderstood (verb): (past of misunderstand) did not understand correctly - เข้าใจผิด
  • occur: to happen - เกิดขึ้น
  • overwhelmingly: by a very large amount or margin - อย่างท่วมท้น
  • passengers (noun): people who travel in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • promote: to encourage or support something - สนับสนุน
  • promotion: the act of encouraging or supporting something - การสนับสนุน
  • rate: the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period - อัตรา
  • rear: back - ด้านหลัง
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • revise: to change, improve, or make additions to something - แก้ไข
  • revision: a change, improvement or addition that someone makes to something like a plan or document - การปรับปรุงใหม่, การแก้ไขใหม่
  • 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
  • shrug off: to show that something does not worry or upset you - ไม่เอาใจใส่, ไม่สนใจ
  • sponsor (noun): a person or company that pays for a radio or television programme, or for a concert, campaign or sporting event, usually in return for advertising - ผู้อุปถัมภ์, ผู้ทำการโฆษณาทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • took effect: began to be used or required - ส่งผล
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