The association led by Dr Wasuchet Soponsathien issued a statement challenging the ministry’s claim and defending the safety of double- deckers.
In the statement, the association pointed out that there was not a single road accident involving a double-decker during the “seven dangerous days” when drink driving campaign was under way. It claimed that the double-deckers used in tourism business are highly safe and every one of them has been certified by the Land Transport Department.
According to the Transport Ministry, registration of new double-deckers will be stopped. As for the existing ones already in service and single-deck buses which are over 3.6 metres in height will have to go through driving tests on slope before they are allowed to be put into services.
The association claimed that there are now 10,000 double-deckers in the service of tourism sector and another 5,000-7,000 units used to transport office workers of various companies and organizations.
On top of that, there are over 100 double-deckers awaiting registration and another 600 being assembled in garages.
The association said that about 20,000 people would be made redundant if the existing double-deckers are to be banned from the streets. To acquire a new bus, at least two million baht will be needed for each bus, the association added.