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A move to ban tuk-tuks and jumbos in Vientiane is scheduled to take effect in 2010, but drivers have expressed dismay at the proposal, fearing they will lose their livelihood.

Authorities see that these vehicles to some extent cause road accidents in the city, resulting in several deaths and injuries every month.


Director of the Vientiane Department of Communi-cation, Transport, Post and Construction, Mr Thongdam Xayphakatsa, said yesterday the department was preparing to put the idea into practice.


“We can all see that these vehicles are in poor condition. Some of them don't even have indicators, or front and back lights,” he said.




The department is trying to encourage the use of all vehicles for family purposes, and is seeking to improve the city's transport services, especially buses and taxis.


A private company in Laos has recently imported more than 30 buses from China , which will go into service in Vientiane in October as part of the capital's transport upgrade.


There are concerns that the ban will make life difficult for tourists, for whom tuk-tuks are the perfect mode of transport around Vientiane .


A British woman working here, Ms Angela Edwards, commented that the proposal to ban these vehicles was not a good idea.


“This form of transport is the most convenient and for so long I have been thankful that I could jump on a tuk-tuk, anytime, anywhere.”


“I think it is unlikely that a bus service could ever substitute for the convenience offered by tuk-tuks, and taxis are way too expensive. Tuk-tuks are the people's transport.”


“I've been told officials say they are considered sub-standard, but what is it exactly they don't like about them?” she asked.


“Tuk-tuks provide a form of service for which there is no substitute; it is one of the reasons I enjoy life in Laos ,” she said.


The ban has yet to be implemented, but it is a hot topic among tuk-tuk and jumbo drivers, who are concerned about unemployment.


One driver, who has been in the job for 16 years, said his earnings formed the family's main source of income. “I don't know what I would do if I couldn't drive a tuk-tuk anymore,” he said.


At present there are several thousand tuk-tuks and jumbos in Vientiane , of which 30 are stationed near Nam Phou fountain, and frequently used by the numerous tourists in this area.


They are mostly made from parts imported from Thailand and assembled in Laos.

By Somsack Pongkhao



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No more Jumbo is OK `cos this kind of vehicle are not appropriate to run in the city...it made traffic congestion but tuktuk are much better in term of ingeneering : strong structure, empowered by an engine of two cylinder of 500 cc with vaccuum braking system ...not bad at all..The question is that the regulation on technical examination is not fully applied...and the authorities concerned have to built up special parking lanes for them and not allow them to use road as parking place.
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IF we have trains or trams across the city, I would support this idea.
However, look at our infrastructure. We have very few car service and it close
service very early 20.00. Number of Taxi is also very small. yawn

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there is something wrong with the name of the topic.
1.i think you should post " shock ! no more tuk tuk in the center of Vientiane by 2010". then i would totally agree, because you can not upgrade your puplic transprt means in the center of the city ( public bus or taxi ) if you still keep on tuk tuk.
2. then government should has an appropriate policy to help the tuk tuk drivers: training new skill, providing new job for them like: some can become taxi drivers, some can become a bus driver....
3. keep allowing tuk tuk running out of the center of the city
hoping to receive more idea from everybody,
Noi

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if Vientiane authorithy has no suitalbe policy to help these drivers then you will has a new social problem concerns to them

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What a pity!
TukTuk are a part of the spirit of Laos and Vientiane especialy!
Remove tuktuks from Vientiane mean kill a part of the spirit of this city!

Tuktuks are very usefull : simple, cheap, can carry many things or people, and not too big (good to avoid traffic jams). Moreover, many people live from tuktuk driving!
Bus and taxi cannot replace tuktuk: taxi are too expensive for many lao people and bus can go only where many people want to go (or the company would loose lot of money)
When i go to Vientiane, i enjoy a lot travalling by tuktuk!

If authorities want to improve security, they can just force the tuktuk owners to repare them! put in the rubbish bin only the too old ones! but not all! they can also punish all the people (cars, motorbikes and tuktuk) that dont respect the trafic rules : the money from fines can make more money for the government to improve roads and infrastructure.

For my part, I began to study the opportunity to turn a traditional tuktuk into an electric tuktuk... why not with solar assistance (solar pannels on the top to enhance autonomy).
This would be a great transport system : no pollution if use electricity form hydroelectric power station, silent...
Tuk tuk is light, so this is good to save energy... save energy means reduce cost and better autonomy. Of course, the current technology is too expensive to imagine changing many tuktuk like this today... but in a few years, when batteries and solar panels would be cheaper and more powerfull, maybe it will be possible! I just want to mean tuktuk can become in the next years very modern!

-- Edited by paris_vientiane at 21:09, 2007-09-27

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not

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We are in trouble now !
Neunkhalao knows how to post picture here:
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I watched lao star channel; news they said that tuk tuk is very unsafe,cause some tuk tuk dont have mirror,taking business away from the buses, etc..... This is not just in Vien chane but out side of vien chane also, but who ever own tuk tuk can still use em in family only.

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NO DOUBT.

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I watched lao star channel; news they said that tuk tuk is very unsafe,cause some tuk tuk dont have mirror,taking business away from the buses, etc..... This is not just in Vien chane but out side of vien chane also, but who ever own tuk tuk can still use em in family only.



Why don't just add mirror or force tuk tuk owners to add mirror? I'm sorry but there is no need to forbid something just if it need to be improved.

I sincerely hope tuktuk won't disapear... on the contrary, it should be better to invest money to improve tuktuk.... make more modern one... because i think this concept is very convenient for Laos

But it's good new if individuals can still use it. If one day i live in Laos, i think i will buy one and try to convert it into an electric Tuktuk. No or few pollution, much less noise, low cost of ownership... just perfect!



-- Edited by paris_vientiane at 18:13, 2007-12-05

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can anyone tell me how heavy is a tuktuk and how powerfull is the engine?

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4000 Tuk Tuk in the the small city like Vientiane, they should stop using these tricycles in order to keep clean air for this small city. I went to Xian, china, I saw
Tricyles Taxi, it powers and runs by Batteries, it is small but it is big enough
for two passengers and one driver, no pollution at all. It is economic
transportation. Tuk Tuk Associates should looke into this vehicle for replacing
ugly tuk tuk.


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This is a great idea because the tuk tuk drivers always try to cheat you and get more money than normal. I don't like people who are liars and trick you and these tuk tuk drivers are like this. I will be happy when they are gone and I hope other taxi drivers follow the rules!

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EVERY BAD IDEAR I THINK .



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paris_vientiane wrote:

can anyone tell me how heavy is a tuktuk and how powerfull is the engine?



Tuk-Tuk engines are powered by M-150 and BeerLao. biggrin

 



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Why ban tuk tuks if its the main source of income of many Lao family? Pushing this ban will only lead to more social problem especially if no alternative source of income is given to the affected families. Instead the government should consider imposing a better regulation for tuk tuk drivers, like strictly requiring them to make their tuktuks safer (example, all tuktuk should have front and tail light and side mirrors). If a driver or operator will not comply then his license to operate will not be renewed.

I hope whoever recommended this ban should think 10 times first and consider all possibilities. The tuk tuks is part of the image of Lao. Just like the to jeepneys to the Philippines. You cannot just take it away and expect people to just sit and accept it especially if that will mean loss of family's source of income. its like killing Lao people who depends on tuktuks!

maybe total ban is not necessary, maybe it only needs improvement in the system. you can have both busses and tuktuks and taxis and private cars on the road but traffic and accidents can be prevented if you plan the routes well and install traffic lights and other means of ensuring smooth traffic flow in susceptible spots.

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I don't think so. See? even Thailand is very modern city and good transportation systems like public bus, skytrains and subways but they still using Tuk-Tuk in everywhere and also popular among tourists too.

Public bus is gonna be one of the choices of traveling for the next Lao generation only.





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That mean in next 6-7 months Lao will have no more Tuk-Tuk? Bull****!!!!

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I like your sense of humor, he he he

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check out the below link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyDGhduPWeI

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Ooooh does that mean I can't show off my pretty face nd sexy body during my ride from point A to B,?   what a bummer.cry

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Tuk tuk look ugly and out of date. Laos need to to use more modern up to date transportation like the bus or taxi to keep up ahead for the future.

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Kwanjai wrote:

Tuk tuk look ugly and out of date. Laos need to to use more modern up to date transportation like the bus or taxi to keep up ahead for the future.



Ok then I gues I just have to take a taxi/bus for the love of my count to look sexier than me... Cheer!

 



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How stupid is this idea, the transport minister must be crazy or he/she doesn't know anything about transport?

Firstly if they were to modernise Laos the question is 'where is the funds to do this? Is laos even capable of supporting this themselves, we can't even afford to build our own sports stadiums without asking for loose change from other countries.

If laos was to modernise then the first thing was to have transport regulations in place like the western world where corrupt officials would be prosecuted. The Law should be enforced!

Transport regulations and road rules should be strictly policed and imposed to minimize accidents and all road users should be tested in theory and practically before being given licenses to drive.

Safety inspections of all vehicles should be regularly inspected, this way the government can assure that transport in laos is as good & safe as its westerners.

If all of this takes place then transport revenue will start rolling into the government through fees and fines and all of this will help build roads and maintain safe traffic and will definitely modernise the transportation in laos.

I can say this as I am not living in Laos but am just informing from my experiences in other countries.

Ofcourse all this can only happen once the top section of the government/Ministers responsible will open their eyes and stop checking their own bank account from money under the table.

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Please take the TUk tuk off of Laos. I don't know why some of you guys think its nice to have his on the road? I think is ugly and I'm sure there is other method of transportation in a new modern ways. Tuk Tuk is like Laos copying Thailand it is no wonder Thais are making fun of Kon Lao sia Nah.

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ok, ban tuktuks, but find me a "modern" method of transportation as cheap as tuktuk, that can carry around 8 peoples with goods for urban and periurban travels, open air (stupid to use energy for unsafe aircon when you can just travel "open air" to avoid getting too hot) but with a roof (to protect from the rain), and i would say : "great, let's put those tuktuks in the rubbish bin and change them for this new system".

But as long as this doesn't exist, you can keep your stupid taxi that have nothing to do in a city with a climate like Vientiane .. I still prefer use old tuktuk... or bus but as i said, bus cannot go everywhere (only where there is a lot of trafic, for evident economic reasons)

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เสียดายอีหลีเด้อ น่าสิอนุรักไว้cry

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can someone translate in english or french please?

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paris_vientiane wrote:

can someone translate in english or french please?



Désolé, Je ne parle pas Français and haven't been reading Lao writing for the last 30 years.

 



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bring back   SAM LOR  biggrin man power clean machine.

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Ok for mr. Paris-Vientiane the person who posted the short paragrah in lao, it said something like this. In Thailand, thai government already not allowed the tuk tuk, running by diesel or petrol 20 years ago, and what you see in Bangkok streets are tuk tuk using gaz not petrol which caused pollution...so thai dumped their tuk tuk in Lao.

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we support all sports athletes in the sea games asean laos 2009


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we support all sports athletes in the sea games asean laos 2009


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Really?  Haven't heard one word (cheer) from you about Timor-Leste.





Hehehehe just joking der!

 



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that good TUK TUK is thai style you know pls do not coppy

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Is there any body still see Tuk-Tuk in Vientine capital city?

Please post if you have any news of that

Thank you

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