SURAT THANI – A passenger van driver who’s speeding was brought to light on Facebook post has been suspended for 30 days and fined 5,000 baht for speeding, being aggressive towards passengers and failure to use a GPS.
The van’s owner was fined 50,000 baht for operating a for-charter-only van as a regular passenger service.
The provincial land transport office took action against driver Wechayan Yongbangsai after a video was posted on social media showing him travelling at 130kph on a trip from Surat Thani to Phuket province last Friday.
He also emotionally rejected foreign tourists’ requests that he slow down, and even told them to get out of the van if they did not feel safe because he knew what he was doing.
He was fined for being impolite, scary driving and failure to use a global positioning system, said Teerayut Sukrat, a local land transport official.
Charnnarong Boonjui, the van owner, was fined 50,000 baht for operating a van registered only for charter services on a regular route without the appropriate a licence.
The transport officials imposed the penalties at the van terminal in Surat Thani municipality on Monday.