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Tuk-tuks parked in the wrong place in Patong's beach road  yesterday

Phuket Police Need Help to Enforce Law With Jet-Skis, Tuk-Tuks, Says Top Patong Officer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PHUKET: Jet-skis remain on Phuket's Patong beach even though they're not supposed to be there, a meeting heard yesterday. And the problem - enforcement - also applies to Patong's taxis and tuk-tuks.

Jet-ski operators have apparently been told they may function in the water but are not allowed to be motionless on the sand because of the curb on beach commerce, which requires all vendors to keep moving and bans stalls as well as sunbeds and umbrellas.

However, many jet-skis were stationary on the sand at Patong beach when Phuketwan walked the beach on Sunday.

Who is responsible for enforcing the Army's edict that jet-skis are not allowed on the beach? The question was asked at a special meeting about Phuket issues at Patong council offices yesterday.

The Superintendent of Kathu Police, Colonel Jirapat Palchanaphan, said the issue needed a coordinated response with Patong municipal officials because police lacked authority on the beach.

The jet-ski operators have said that they have permits from Phuket's Marine 5 office to operate businesses there.

Colonel Jirapat said it was difficult for police to act with authority on the beaches, which may be why so many officials from so many departments are involved on issues of encroachment.

He said it was certainly the case that police had greater power on Patong's streets but even there, he said, the help of council officials was needed because it was the council that ruled which areas of the street were standing areas and which were no-standing areas.

''Cooperation with other organisations is necessary to enforce some laws,'' he said.

New balustrades along many Patong roads are designed to protect pedestrians but are also supposed to be non-parking zones for tuk-tuks.

That seemed to not be the case yesterday as a Phuketwan reporter in a police car passed several tuk-tuks parked against the silver barriers in beach road.

More talks are anticipated before the jet-ski and tuk-tuk issues are resolved.

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more ongoing nonsense...nobody to take charge..same ol same ol...just like the taxi fares were siupposed to drop 50%...nothing here will change...police need help enforcing laws?..are you serious?..just goes to show you who is really running the show here...

Posted by sky on July 30, 2014 11:05

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The solution seems pretty simple, armed forces personnel could clear both problems in minutes. Bullies are very easy to deal with, stand up to them and they are scared underneath the bravado.

But, the key thing, it must be enforced day in,nay out. Not just one day and then it creeps back slowly. All the jet skis go onto the beach by the holiday inn, just block the ramp and patrol the beach.

Posted by Amazing thailand on July 30, 2014 11:15

Editor Comment:

The Army and senior regional police appear to be discovering that aspects of Phuket are controlled by people who are laws unto themselves.

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basically, the whole problem is bureaucracy. Everyone doesn't know what department does what because there are too many departments.
Simplify the situation by simplifying the bureaucracy.
Also if Marine 5 Office has issued whatever paper they say they have, aren't they in breach of the law?

Posted by Tbs on July 30, 2014 11:19

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If police can't enforce the law regarding the tuk tuk, jet skis, etc. the question is why they can't and who can ?

Posted by Resident on July 30, 2014 11:58

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Here we go. The slow slide back to how things have always been. I despair.

Posted by jimbo34 on July 30, 2014 13:40

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You despair alone, jimbo. Nobody else shares your bleak outlook.

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I am with Jimbo - so thats 2 of us

Posted by Bobby on July 30, 2014 16:25

Editor Comment:

Your previous two comments read:

''the exodus of tourists have begun - bad mistake army''

and

''They really are destroying the place for tourists - what a shame.''

Thanks, Bobby. Please come back when you have something of value to add.

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(moderated)

Posted by sky on July 30, 2014 16:52

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Nothing of value to add, beyond guesswork? No need to bother commenting here, sky.

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Simple. Wheel clamps for Tuk Tuks parked at red stripe (no parking) curbside. Same for Jetski Trailer on public land.
2000bt fee to unlock.

Works elsewhere.

Posted by hugh jarse on July 30, 2014 18:29

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Ed,

Absolutely agree, they are finding that, but isnt that the whole point of why they are here and what they are doing? Enforcing the law. No one who is a law unto themselves is going to stand up to 1,000 armed forces personnel.

I know it will take time and we cant expect everything immediately, and i think everyone knows the taxis are a worse problem than the jetskis, but I hope they can quickly squash the jetskis.

Posted by Amazing Thailand on July 30, 2014 19:38

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If the police were to do their work properly, as is done in most countries, then patong has no more trouble. I know, it is very difficult to tidy up.

Posted by erich on July 30, 2014 20:50

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PW Ed: I like what you are reporting. I am sure the army will get there in due course. They have made more progress in a very few weeks to the damage done in the past few years. I am hoping to get to Phuket within the next 2 months to see the improvements. Sure sometimes it will be 3 steps forward & 1 or 2 back, but eventually it will come good.

Posted by Logic on July 30, 2014 22:49

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Very nice mumbo jumbo and double talk.

Posted by fw on July 30, 2014 22:58

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If parking any kind of commercial vehicle, including a jetski, on a beach is now illegal, then any previosly issued permits to do so should now be null and void. It's either legal or illegal and whether a law is broken on a beach or on the street should make no difference. Leave a loophole open and it will be exploited.

Posted by Chris on July 31, 2014 08:18

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The tuk tuk and jet ski mafia do not respect the law and they need to be shown that they themselves are not above the law.
If the police cannot enforce the law then the army can collect the jet ski's and the illegally parked tuk tuks and take them to a safe compound and only release them for a substantial sum of money, say 100,000 baht
Both the jet ski and tuk tuk operators could afford this charge but it would make them think again before breaking the law

Posted by Paul on July 31, 2014 08:18

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That's BS. If a tuk tuk is parked in wrong spot chane it up and charge them 20,000 baht fine to get it unchaned. Do something besides make excuses.

Posted by Anonymous on August 19, 2014 11:39


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