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A bus driver in Bangkok has been sacked after footage emerged of him going across a level crossing in downtown Bangkok and hitting the descending barrier.
But the story contained many details showing the shocking state of the regulations regarding buses being operated by companies for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), notes Thaivisa.
A driver who didn’t even know the route had taken over because the regular driver had a stomach ache.
A dash cam video posted by SpringNews online on YouTube showed the number 8 bus tearing over the tracks and hitting the barrier. The post said that the passengers were terrified.
The incident happened on Sri Ayuthaya Road on Monday evening.
A firestorm on social media led to a woman called Nitikarn taking her younger brother Thaninwat to the BMTA. She said that her brother was not driving, that was being done by a man called Prathan instead as her brother was unwell.
Thaninwat said that he had stomach trouble. He’d already done two shifts and for the third he let Prathan take over so he could earn some money.
Thaninwat said he was also on the bus so he could tell Prathan the route.
He explained there was a mix-up over the red and green lights countdown resulting in his buddy going through the barrier.
The BMTA listened to the explanation before sacking Prathan.
They fined 39 Group Dern Rot (the operator of the service) the top rate of 5,000 baht.
The number 8 was taken off the road for seven days from October 9th to 15th.
The company was warned to comply with BMTA regulations and warned of even more severe sanctions in the future if there were any more transgressions.