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Consumer body urges curbs on double-decker buses

The Foundation for Consumers yesterday proposed that double-decker buses be restricted from travelling down winding roads in a move to cut down on the number of accidents. It also urged bus operators to immediately pay damages to passengers in case of accidents instead of them having to file lawsuits.

Meanwhile, the foundation's secretary-general, Saree Ongsomwang, called on the Department of Land Transport to regulate the manufacture of double-decker buses and prevent unauthorised modifications that have frequently resulted in buses losing balance and toppling over, especially while travelling in mountainous areas.

Speaking at the 2014 Forum of Consumers held at a Bangkok hotel yesterday, Saree also called on schools to not charter double-decker buses for school trips, and instead urged them to charge more per head so they can charter good-quality buses from reliable operators.

The proposal also said that in the long term, only single-deck buses should be registered and the standard of bus assembly plants, quality of drivers and number of buses imported should be tightly regulated.

Participants at the event also discussed the protection of consumers in relation to several products, including medication, service fees for mobile phones and banks, interest rates on personal loans, after-sales services of properties and public transport safety.


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