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Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Roger on Today at 01:27:13 PM »
Hi BF.

Re. the offer of a doubles match at tennis - NO WAY am I gonna take on your 9 year old after watching that clip! Thanks and I'll show Juerg the tennis coach. Well done to the Lad and Dad  :)
I don't play tennis any more - coming up to 71. But I still cycle and walk around the mountains a lot.

Re. the driving - I'll work through it again. Here we go !

1-2 seconds - all looks ok. 100 m to the Pick up and Bus tucked inside.
5 seconds - Subaru appears on your nearside. You must have seen it approaching in your mirrors at 3-4 seconds and at 4 seconds it's in your peripheral vision.
6 seconds - Subaru clearly moving into your lane. Still 80 meters to Pick up.
8 seconds - Subaru in your lane, you're in the TURNING lane - if the Subaru hadn't come along you were still going too fast to tuck in behind the Pick up. Why ?
10 seconds - it's all over - you're BLAZING down the outside in the TURNING lane having WON your battle .

Sorry M8 I've looked at this too much now. My last effort wot I lost  :-[ was much better.

But the conclusions are just the same. A gentle throttle back / touch on the brakes would have cured the hazard. Indeed, you seem to accelerate (though it's hard to tell).

I should disconnect those cameras M8. If you have an accident - they might prove you wrong.

I repeat : ''Not slowing at all for the hazard situation you see developing. Far from it, (it's personal with this Subaru blighter), you blaze through the turning lane and fortunately, the vehicle about to turn had conceded you space.''

You posted : ''Fortunately, one of the things I've been gifted with is my reaction times.  I doubt most people would have been able to pull that off and had I not driven aggressively in that particular situation that guy would have creamed into the side of me.''

MMmmmm - don't look like defensive driving to me or any reaction at all ! Just defiance and throttle. I'm just an ole' Codger as you know but maybe take the advice of NAB, TW, Thaiga and cool it. For your safety.

Sorry to push it but it's for you !  ATVB
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 01:16:27 PM »
Hi roger, nothing in the log about your missing post and nothing has been deleted.

No sign of Thaiga for a few days, i'm here, not gone anywhere, just disappointed in the replies, the thread has turned itself into the life of one man.

Most expats are getting on a bit in life and have come here to retire, most don't want to know about the mafia life and the talk of weapons. These people are also putting there family at risk if someone you upset on the roads happened to follow you home and find out where you live. We all know how some  hold a grudge. I posted, that there is plenty of room on the forum for your family snaps, start a new thread, but that has fallen on deaf ears.

so there you have it roger, shouldn't have to keep deleting posts, maybe the admin will tidy it up. until then, for you roger just one more post. Biker On Phone.

Biker On Phone... Wait For It
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Roger on Today at 10:20:10 AM »
Hi BF. I did reply to yours in detail but it didn't post. (Maybe I was not logged in when I posted ?).

I'll repeat it but wondered if it was stuck somewhere so I am waiting for return of Thaiga (before I do the work again).

No sign of Thaiga for a few days ? Hope all is well ? R
Half as serious and less / Re: Mr. thai bean
« Last post by Kev on March 15, 2018, 06:21:08 AM »
LOL funny as  :lol
Official Stuff & Laws / Re: New Rights For Renters in Thailand
« Last post by Baby Farts on March 14, 2018, 08:57:06 PM »
About time.  Years ago when I used to rent, the Landlords would rip everyone off with their inflated electricity fees.  It's not like they bring the electricity to your room in a bucket.  It comes in thru the line.  The added service charge is not justified.  When I questioned the landlord (17 years ago) he said, "Oh because Profit."
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Roger on March 13, 2018, 05:59:37 PM »
BF. Thanks for your most Gentlemanly reply and it's good to see the young Man in action. I'll reply in more detail tomorrow. ATB
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand
« Last post by Baby Farts on March 13, 2018, 05:11:02 PM »
Hi BF. Long time no see. Hope you are OK. We've crossed swords before on driving matters and I'm sorry, but I just couldn't resist giving you my view on this  :punch

The video you posted in Reply 199 - it looks to me that you are already closing quite fast on the pick-up ahead in your lane, who is about to overtake the bus. Indeed it seems that you then accelerate to close the gap, no doubt having detected the cheeky Subaru coming on the inside  ;)

Not slowing at all for the hazard situation you see developing. Far from it, (it's personal with this Subaru blighter), you blaze through the turning lane and fortunately, the vehicle about to turn had conceded you space.

Cheeky Subaru. Aggressive BF ! For the safety of yourself and yours, I'd calm it down BF.
I commented before about your 13 accidents - that's a lot M8. Take some of the advice your other KF's have offered ? Adjust ?

The train horn is not a good idea apart from being illegal. In that video, you say you didn't have time for the train horn ? What ? No left hand wing mirror ? You were racing M8 ;)

I don't want to dollop you off but take care eh ? ATB

Hey Roger! Long time no see!  I was wondering where ya been. :) 

It's hard to tell in that video, but I can assure you I had to do that maneuver in a split second or I would have been history.  Fortunately, one of the things I've been gifted with is my reaction times.  I doubt most people would have been able to pull that off and had I not driven aggressively in that particular situation that guy would have creamed into the side of me.  As you can see, he was not about to yield at all. I could see what was about to happen eyeing the Subaru in my rear mirror as well and had to speed up in order to make it thru on the right side.  What you don't see in that video is how bloody fast the Subaru was coming up behind me.  I should have posted the rear camera view as well. I don't drive fast or reckless and I certainly don't race, especially against a Subaru Wr2 which is a race version of that model car. Pretty nice car too.  I open up my favorite app, "Calm Radio" and listen to some Reiki, Piano Solos, or SPA toons. lol.  No Joke.  Check the app out.

Thirteen accidents where none of them were my fault, most of them hit and runs by scooter boy.  Never a single accident in forty years in the States. The train horn is not illegal as per several of my police friends have told me.  It's sort of a gray area because it depends how and why you would use it.  In fact, there is a shop down the road from the Mall that is now selling REAL train horns!  I asked the owner about them and get this, he said some people have heard them on certain cars here in Korat and wanted to put them in their cars.  I wonder who that could be.  8) No joke!  These are the real deal. I honestly don't enjoy blowing that horn, but it some limited circumstances, I have to.  Every time I step into my vehicle I have to put my 100% undivided defensive driving skills into practice.  I'm used to it. 

On a side note.  My son is ranked #1 in all Thailand now for his age group in Tennis!  Well, for 2017.  I remember a while back when I spoke to you about lessons for him and such. Two-three years ago?  He's quite the player and took first place in the two final Grand Slam tournaments in Thailand last December. He had to move up now to the 10 year old group and also 12 year olds.  He's only 9.  But in only two months he's already #4.  Amazing player.  Here's a video I made of him a few days ago.  Hope it's cool with thaiga even though it has nothing to do with the topic.

Keep the peace, Roger and if you're ever interested in some doubles, let me know.  Cheers and thanks for the reply. great to see you again.

The Beauty of Tennis III
Thai Law: What Landlords Must Now Do (Or Go to Jail)

On May 1, residential leases will become restricted contracts under the newly amended Consumer Protection Act.

That means any leases that conflict with the new law, which likely is most leases, must be amended and remade to comply. Landlords who ignore the new legal requirements and take no action to deliver a new compliant lease to the tenant are criminally liable for a year in jail and fine of 100,000 baht per lease violation.

A landlord who doesn’t issue new compliant leases for their 10 units, if discovered by the authorities or subjected to a complaint, faces the possibility of 10 years in jail.

Read: New Rights For Renters in Thailand to ‘Shock’ Landlords

That’s heavy punishment for what used to be purely a civil and commercial transaction. Further, the law contemplates that any existing contract obligations in a non-compliant lease are null and void, with the new legal stipulations adopted as the binding contract instead.

Furthermore, property owners must know that American-style class-action lawsuits have arrived for consumers in Thailand. Tenants who want to bring legal action can now band together to do so jointly to sue the same landlord and share in the amount of damages granted.

Setting aside those alarming or heartening developments – depending on which side of the contract one sits – let’s unpack some of the specific consequences of the new law.

Note that while the regulations apply to a “residential lease business” – meaning landlords who rent out a total of five or more residential units – that doesn’t make much difference as a great number of landlords in Thailand lease out more than five properties. The regulations don’t cover dormitories or hotels, which are beholden to separate laws.
Only Two Months Up Front

Landlords can no longer demand advance security deposits of three months’ rent plus a full month in (for a total of four months) on signing a new apartment or house lease. The maximum security deposit warranted is one month, plus another one month’s rent payable in advance, amounting to two months’ worth.

And this is applied retroactively, meaning anything over two month’s worth must be returned.

That means while lessers are rushing to draft new compliant leases, they also must refund the lessee for the security deposits and advance rent charged in excess of what the law now allows.

They have until May 1 to do this, or within 30 days of the date if they have a substantial number of properties because those with dozens or hundreds of apartments would face a single large payout. For real estate investment trusts, the considerable one-time outlay of cash will no doubt affect the population at large who are financially invested in the trust.

Security deposits and advance rents have been given special emphases under the law. Can these funds be forfeited if a tenant fails to pay rent on time or damages the premises, as would appear to be the purpose of the money? Surprisingly, the stipulations forbid such forfeiture. An attempt has been made to interpret the regulations as prohibiting forfeiture while the lease is in effect but allowing it once the lease expires.

Upon the expiration of the leasehold, if there is no damage to her property, the lessor must refund the security deposit to the lessee within seven days. Writing a period of 30 days or 60 days into the lease is now prohibited.
High-Demand Areas

Popular condos along the BTS route sometimes require a one month deposit from would-be renters who must forfeit them if they don’t sign a lease within 30 days while the landlord finds another lessee. That conduct will be regarded as an undue advantage and rendered null and void under the new law.

Another common situation is where a lessee downtown can never find a parking space in the condo’s car park, which is always full because the landlord also accepts cars from non-tenants to park there, forcing the tenant to drive around the car park from floor to floor just to have no luck to find a spot. The tenant’s only solution may be to pay to park at a nearby department store or other building then walk back or take a cab back home. Landlords who do this can be deemed to be profiteering and risk complaints filed with the Office of the Commission for Consumer Protection, or even the kind of class-action lawsuit common in the United States is possible for consumer protection cases.
Fees and Costs

Another prevalent conduct of landlords is to fix their own utility charges by marking up electricity, water, and telephone charges from the utility providers for a profit. Security deposits and arbitrary installation charges for installation of a landline and internet fees can only be passed on at cost. Adding charges for added income in the way hotels do is no longer allowed.

Landlords tend to shift the maintenance and repair burden to tenants, regardless of large or small repairs caused by normal wear and tear. A landlord is concerned that such costs will eat into the rent and so pass them on to tenants. This practice is regarded as unfair under the law.

The law also spells the end of stamp duties of 0.1 percent of the rent throughout the contract; 12.5 percent land and house tax and signage taxes on the leased premises being foisted onto the lessee. This tax burden allocation is not forbidden expressly by the regulations but can be seen as taking unfair contract advantage. Questions about whether any provision of a lease falls afoul of the law, the lessor can write the Contracts Committee for a ruling.
Breaking Leases

A stipulation sure to be disliked by lessors that will have repercussions the stability of rent income for real estate investment trusts is the generosity of the law in allowing tenants to terminate their lease before it expires with 30-days notice. The rule could cause the outflow of tenants from an apartment building to exceed the inflow, hurting the fundamentals of the rental business.

On the other hand, the landlord cannot easily terminate a lease on the grounds of breach of covenant by a tenant. Instead, they must wait until a substantial breach highlighted in red letters, bold letters or italics in the lease. Upon such substantial breach by the tenant, the landlord must give notice of 30 days that it be rectified, and only if ignored, can the landlord terminate the lease.

Extreme measures of force taken against tenants such as changing the locks to bar entry or entering the leased premises to remove the a tenant’s belongings or any other act that obstructs access in case of failure to pay rent will now be considered a criminal act of trespass, exposing the landlord to potential prosecution.

To avoid trouble with the law, landlords still have time to carefully review each provision of their leases to determine which are in violation of the law and change them before the stipulation takes effect to mitigate risks of invalidity, class-action lawsuits by tenants or committing criminal offenses.
Korat News / Korat kids learn water safety
« Last post by thaiga on March 13, 2018, 04:14:41 PM »
Korat kids learn water safety amid concerns over high drowning rate

 Schoolchildren in Nakhon Ratchasima were being coached on water safety on Tuesday morning, a private foundation’s bid to curb the high rate of drownings in the northeastern province.

Almost 100 Nakhon Ratchasima youngsters have drowned in the past three years, 20 during the most recent school break alone.

 Members of the scuba diving unit of a foundation called Hook 31 Korat were at Assumption Nakhon Ratchasima School on Tuesday and are prepared the do more training elsewhere.

Chatchai Sriwisorn, chief of the unit, said about 40 members would cooperate with communities and local administrations to teach kids swimming basics, including survival techniques.

The training focuses on being able to tread water and stay afloat until help arrives.

The children are taught how to throw a rope to someone in distress and pull them to safety, rather than taking the risk of diving in themselves.

The Nakhon Ratchasima Public Health Office says 93 children drowned in the province during the past three years – 32 in 2015, 41 in 2016 and 20 in 2017. Thirteen have drowned thus far this year.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Driving in thailand - just wearing the uniform
« Last post by thaiga on March 13, 2018, 04:09:10 PM »
To add insult to injury, making things worse - just wearing the uniform without “having the spirit of a police officer”.

Bangkok traffic officer arrested and suspended for alleged extortion

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