Burning has already started!
I live in the San Kamphaeng area and, much to my dismay, the burning season
started quite some time ago. There is smoke in the air at times and you can
smell it sometimes. I fear that this season will be worse than last as the
cool season has been very intermittent and the rainy season was not that
Surely now is the time that the authorities should be cracking down on
burning and not when its already reached the point of no return and the air
is unbreathable. I would suggest to the authorities that if they are serious
about making Chiang Mai livable in March that they send out teams of
officials to stop the burning now. Get out of the city and drive around
until you see a giant plume of smoke. Call it in and have the fire put out.
I am tired of having to take my annual leave in March when the air here
becomes so bad my health suffers. I am tired of having to purchase face
masks to filter out the particles and tired of having my son’s asthma flare
up and put his health in danger because the authorities are not enforcing
the laws strictly enough.
Please, act now!
Burning eyes already
Noise and smog pollution in Chiang Mai
Kudos to Mail Bag contributors “Too Noisy” and “Smogged Out” (Chiang Mai Mail,
16 Dec 12). Their valid concerns about Chiang Mai’s noise and air pollution are
shared by residents and visitors alike and need repeating. Unfortunately, those
who can and should be doing something about these two very negative aspects of
Chiang Mai living seem to be inert.
Random emission checks of vehicles is a step forward, but to bring vehicular
pollution to an end, all vehicles should undergo emission checks prior to being
registered. In other words, a condition of registration would be passing an
emission check at a satisfactory level. No pass, no registration until the
vehicle is brought into compliance.
Noise level enforcement is a more difficult nut to crack, but can and must be
approached with the same uncompromising sense of purpose. Noise levels on the
street from advertising trucks, the ubiquitous two-stroke tuk-tuk, the “hog”
motorcycles, trucks and firecrackers are detrimental to everyone’s auditory
health. Add to the mix the excessive noise levels of ‘music’ from bars, shopping
malls and other venues. Over time, they all contribute to diminished hearing
capability at an earlier age. Top this off with the incessant barking of dogs
all night with the attendant loss of sleep and the 24-hour assault upon our ears
is as unhealthy as the polluted air we breathe.
Clearly the citizenry cannot tackle these very serious problems alone. The
citizenry can only cooperate with governmental leadership which is determined to
address noise and air pollution
for the common good.
Gasp N. Wheez
Traffic in Chiang Mai
Your series of items about traffic and bad driving points to a characteristic
which is endemic - selfishness. That’s why we have queue -up tickets almost
everywhere. Education is frequently mentioned as an answer, but the truth is
that it’s punishment that’s the key - and the missing link. Heavy fines in
Vietnam soon solved the driving with no helmet problem there so why not here?
Foreigners take advantage of lax enforcement. I know several who have driven for
years with unlicenced and uninsured bikes. I regard that as more serious as they
show disrepect to Thailand.
There are frequent complaints about dual pricing but I would like it introduced
for traffic violations by foreigners. Unfortunately, the Traffic Police are
controlled from Bangkok so are largely unaccountable.