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Present-day parking along Patong's beach road: change is coming

Patong's Beach Road Parking: New Deal Agreed

Saturday, December 25, 2010
THE rearrangement of parking on Patong's beach road has been agreed and 74 percent of the disputed space will revert to public spaces, the President of the Taxi Federation of Patong, Preechavude ''Prab'' Keesin, said yesterday.

The remaining 26 percent will be allocated to renters of motocycles and four-wheel vehicles at seven designated points along the beach road, he told Phuketwan.

The plan is to introduce the new zones from December 30, when Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha will declare the new arrangement a done deal.

From that date, public signs would also list standard prices for rented vehicles and for jet-skis, Khun Prab said. The lines of tuk-tuks that currently take up most of the parking space on the opposite side of beach road to the rental vehicles will also no longer be there, he said.

A new system will allow former ''black'' illegal taxis to register as green-plate taxis and for green-plate taxis to upgrade to be part of a call centre system, he said.

Under the new deal, both taxis and tuk-tuks will park elsewhere and respond to calls from the call centre when required.

The same system will leave renters with most rent motorcycles and rent vehicles parked away from beach road, he said. As tourists hire vehicles or motorcycles, other vehicles and motorcycles can replace those on beach road.

Moves are already underway to begin subtle but important changes from January 15 that will make Patong's one-way system safer, and ease traffic congestion on the main road into Patong from Phuket City.

The changes will eventually make all minor roads linking the beach road and the parallel Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road one-way. At present, motorists have to cross to the wrong side of the road, the right side, to negotiate most connecting roads.

From December 30, Khun Prab said, existing renters will be restricted to five metre by five metre spaces to promote their businesses and park vehicles.

The seven designated areas will be in front of Patong Merlin, Holiday Inn, Baan Laimai, Banthai, Patong Seafood, Mc Donalds, and Loma Park.

Phuket's Governor Tri, Mayor Pian Keesin, Khun Prab, Patong police and representatives of the renters and other businesses have been engaged in a series of meetings to reach agreement on improvements to the monopolisation of Patong's prime beach road parking spots by commercial interests.
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> The lines of tuk-tuks [...] will also no
> longer be there.

I will believe this when I see it for longer than one week.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on December 25, 2010 14:07

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"The changes will eventually make all minor roads linking the beach road and the parallel Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road one-way."

This should have been in place from the start, when the one way flow system along Thaweewong Rd. and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd. was first introduced.

Posted by Hugh on December 25, 2010 14:32

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First off best wishes for the New Year, Ed.

I'm prepared to be the 'mystery shopper' and put the parking arrangements to the test if others will sponsor a panel on the truck in case it gets keyed or torched! No doubt a new enterprise will spring up with a little man demanding baht to park in these 'public' spaces!

Posted by Mister Ree on December 25, 2010 15:52

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It's 'mas isn't it, not April fools day?

Posted by OC on December 25, 2010 17:25

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Am I reading this correct??

THE rearrangement of parking on Patong's beach road has been agreed and 74 percent of the DISPUTED space will REVERT to public spaces "

" The remaining 26 percent ( OF PUBLIC PARKING SPACE ) will be allocated to renters of motorcycles and four-wheel vehicles at seven designated points along the beach road, " he told Phuketwan.

Read what you will but surely public space is just that, PUBLIC.

My question is... Can anyone apply to secure space to conduct a rental business for their own reward on public land.?? Was there a bidding contest.?

Is it rent free, if not who gets the rent. I hope this is all very transparent. Maybe a case of who holds the biggest stick.

Seems like I might have wasted a large amount of money obtaining legitimate premises from which to operate. Should have put my name down for one of these prime locations F.O.C.
Mai Pen Rai T.I.T.

Possibly not for us Farang to ask questions, just do and obey or have your tires slashed.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Posted by innocent bystander on December 25, 2010 18:29

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all long trip start with a small step.. If this will happen could be a good start: for the first time I wanna be positive: it's Xmas..

Posted by Dave on December 25, 2010 21:02

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Whilst i can understand readers' anger at the Governor reaching a compromise over what is essentially, already public parking, at least it's a movement in the right direction. A compromising 'middle-way' is the Buddhist way, after all. I do however remember a couple of Governors ago agreeing to clear ALL the rentals from Public parking areas. I think the idea was that the rentals could park up on some waste ground near the north end of beach road, whilst having some booths along beach road itself. The scheme was workable, but failed, in my opinion because it couldn't be or wasn't enforced, and gradually, the rentals crept back in. Let's hope this new scheme can be made to work.
This is a new Governor and he has to be given time for stuff to take effect. Anyone who succeeds in sorting out at least some of the problems associated with the corrupt cesspool of trades related to tourism in Patong, needs our support.

Posted by Mr Man on December 26, 2010 09:52

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I give all my sympathy to the authorities for this very hard endeavor to establish a minimum level of lawfulness that eventually will benefit all the community and the visitors.

However, if we are arrived to this point it's certainly because during the years none of the aboves lifted a finger in order to prevent this situation indeed ...

Said that, I wish them good luck and that they can make a good job.

Posted by Malpelo on December 26, 2010 14:14

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And? Has it changed?

Posted by Lena on January 4, 2011 02:30

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Well I was on Beach Road looking for a parking spot and there was nothing. So goodbye Patong, I can never visit you as the parking is nill.

No great loss to me, but for tourism . . . I won't say another word about hot air being spoken. On Phuket believe things when you see them.

Posted by GrahamM on January 4, 2011 09:47

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Was there ever going to be reserved parking? I can imagine the beach road bays are in heavy demand.

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I never meant reserved parking but at 08:00 in the morning? These folks must either park there all night or get up very early indeed.
Now I know why there are tuk tuks there, they always get parking. Go tuk tuks, don't be shy with pricing, good parking always costs one dearly. YeeeHaaaa.

Posted by GrahamM on January 4, 2011 12:57

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Meters may be required . . .

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don't worry... something finally has changed: the number of tourist in Patong this year...25-30% down...soon we can park everywhere...

Posted by Richard on January 4, 2011 14:17

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74percent of the 'disputed' spaces will revert to public parking. Am i mis-interpreting this as 74percent of all parking on beach road will be for the public?

Seriously, I walked from Bangla to the Patong Merlin hotel today and i would estimate that over 50percent of parking is designated (by signs and a rectangular yellow line on the road) as being reserved for car hire. I didn't physically count every bay, but I made a reasonable estimation.

Khun Prab said. The lines of tuk-tuks that currently take up most of the parking space on the opposite side of beach road to the rental vehicles will also no longer be there, he said.

That's a not-even-funny joke. At 1pm today, the situation was as it has always been - a line of tuk-tuks the length of beach road from the Merlin to Bangla.

There is no easy magic wand to solve this, but the Governor really does need to keep haranguing the police to enforce his plan - otherwise it will fail. It's a great idea, but needs proper enforcement to make it work.

My own idea would be to have ALL tuk-tuks, taxis and rentals to be parked up in unobtrusive staging areas (maybe at the very southern end of beach road - towards Paradise beach) and then just have small booths every 100metres or so which can then use a radio to call the next available vehicle to come to the booth to pick a fare up.

Really Mr Governor, we're 4 days into your plan and it appears to be exactly the same as last week...........the tuk-tuks are making you lose face, sir. They are pleasing themselves, and no one appears able to enforce your wish.

Posted by Mr Man on January 4, 2011 15:26


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