The Transport Company yesterday (Oct 9) put on show the first batch of 21-seat mini buses that it said will replace the current commuter vans on the route from Bangkok to the provinces.
Transport Company’s board chairman Maj Gen Suraphol Tapananond said the 7-metre long mini buses will be first put on service from Bangkok to destinations in the provinces within a distance of no more than 300 kilometres.
All these new mini buses have passed all specification requirement test and have been registered by the Transport Company, he said.
He said pool bus operators will first put on services the new mini buses from Bangkok to Buddhamonthon and Ratchaburi tomorrow (October 11).
They will replace the current commuter vans which have been in use for over 10 years, he said.
Meanwhile the Transport Company will first rent 55 new mini buses to run on its routes to destinations in the provinces, possibly in November.
The renting process is expected to be finished in two months.
The mini bus is eight million baht costlier than the commuter van, but operators saw it worthy to invest as it will have longer working service.
Operators are asking the ministry for a longer concession of up to 40 years.
For operators of commuter vans, they are also seeking permission for extension of service to 14 years from 10 years.