Patong traffic issues

When will Patong Police begin enforcing vehicle exhaust noise laws that have been on the books for years? It would be nice to sleep uninterrupted through a whole night without hearing modified, extra-loud bikes roaring about town.

Another problem is, how do you cross Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd, against constant one-way traffic that does not stop or slow down? I, and others, have seen no evidence of the 75 extra officers the police said they had assigned.

As it is, with no traffic lights and no policeman, you just run like hell and hope you make it. I hope that Patong Hospital is at...

  • Asked on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | 05:16 PM
    Don Aleman, Patong.

Police have asked the municipality to build pedestrian crossings with speed bumps in front of them on the one-way system. Regarding noisy motorbikes, police punish offending motorists when we catch them, but it is difficult to catch them as they’re driving down the street making the noise.

  • Answered on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | 05:16 PM
    Pol Lt Col Jakkrid Saewattana at Kathu Police Station.

The Sainamyen intersection (with Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd) and Bangla T-junction (Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd) have always had traffic police on duty, as well as traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

We plan to install 10 traffic light pedestrian crossings throughout Patong. We have not yet installed them as we are waiting for budget approval from Patong Municipality.

  • Answered on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | 05:16 PM
    Pol Capt Parinya Rattana, Chief of Traffic Police at Kathu Police Station.

The bus route starts at the Banzaan Market on Nanai Rd, turns west onto Sainamyen Rd, then turns south onto Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd and continues until it turns right onto Prachanukroh Rd.

From there, it turns right onto Thaweewong Rd and continues along the entire length of Patong Beach until the Kalim Intersection, where the bus turns right onto Phra Barami Rd and then continues all the way into Phuket City.

There are many bus stops along the route, but you can hail the bus anywhere along the route and it should be able to stop for you to get on.

Every day, including public holidays, the first bus to Phuket City departs Banzaan Market at 5 am and every 30 minutes to one hour thereafter. The last bus to Phuket City departs at 6 pm.

  • Answered on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | 05:16 PM
    A representative of Transport Co Ltd, which operates the Patong-Phuket City bus service.
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