Pattaya'a authorities have announced, much to the surprise of baht bus drivers, expats and tourists that standing in the baht bus or on the back of the baht bus will be banned from now on.
People who violate this law can be charged up to 3000
The reason for banning standing on the back of baht busses has been stated that many people have fallen off over the years, generally when intoxicated, and injured themselves seriously. Removing the back standing areas of baht busses is also
being looked at.
It is stated that this ban has taken place immediately and police have begun fining people standing on the back. The Pattaya news can confirm that several reports of tourists being told to pay a 3000 baht fine for standing on the
back have happened.
Comment: Will they back off?
10th July 2018. From Dave
You can't stand on the the back of a Songtheaw now, what's going on? If this is a safety drive ,why don't they check
Baht Bus Drivers for Licences and their Vehicles for road worthiness.
I saw 3 Thai's stopped last week for 3 up on Scooter with no Helmets. If we ever get rid of the Army, will life go back to normal or will Police activity
The other week I turned up at Second Road with 2 Bags of Shopping, the only space on the Bus was on the back in the middle.
The driver told me to get on but I said I couldn't stand on the back of the Bus with 2
Bags of Shopping. He said... you'll have to walk then, the next bus is for private hire or pay 300b.
The next Bus backed up and I went to get on but the Driver stopped me and said I had to walk, his bus was for private
hire, a few seconds later a little old Thai lady got on and sat down, I said...is this your Private Hire. The driver said ...it was his Bus and it was up to him who got on it.
Well I couldn't argue with that, but I'm like a Dog
with a Bone. I said what's your Licence Number? he said me no speak English . Haha at this point about 20 Russians turned up ,so he drove off and the next Bus backed up and I got on and we were soon following him,
But you have to be careful, if you get to cheeky he has all his mates there.