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The Land Transport department has announced the results of its promised checks on the roadworthiness of minivans.
Out of a total of 138,939 minivans checked some 9,422 were deemed to have failed some parts on the checklist. The department said many of these were minor and operators were ordered to make immediate repairs or find replacements parts.
Earlier it was announced that the checklist would look at tires, doors, escape hammers and extinguishers among about twenty items.
Some 672 vans were found to be dangerous and unfit for service. These were ordered out of service immediately with requirements that the vehicles be changed for new ones.
Some 265 drivers were not up to scratch. Of these 25 were banned from driving in the future. Of the remaining 240 many had no license or a license of the wrong kind.
These were fined and ordered to update their documents but were not disqualified.
The checks took place at 229 checking stations nationwide and followed orders after several serious accidents around new year.
One accident in Chonburi resulted in the fiery death of 25 people in a van and a pick-up.