Bangkok bus riders must now check-in via gov’t tracking system

A bus operator places a QR code for check-in via the Thailand Wins tracking system on the back of a passenger seat. Photo: BMTA / Facebook
A bus operator places a QR code for check-in via the Thailand Wins tracking system on the back of a passenger seat. Photo: BMTA / Facebook

Bus commuters starting today will be asked to check in via the same government tracking system found at shops and restaurants when they board city buses.

To aid health officials in controlling the COVID-19 outbreak, every Bangkok bus has been registered with the Thailand Wins service for commuters to check in and out to help with contract tracing should an infected passenger be detected.

Because the tracking app remains unable to alert users directly, the reaction was mostly negative to the news.

“I want to puke. You’d better improve your buses’ conditions because they’re more dangerous than the disease,” Facebooker Anuwat Wihokmas wrote.

“What about the elderly who don’t know how to use app and internet. Can they be on board? How can you fix this problem? Thank you,” user Patkanya Teerawasinpong said.

It will apply to all buses operated in the metropolitan area by different services.

Buses are the latest additions to the tracking system, joining the likes of restaurants, stores and gyms. Other transportation, such as the network of rail lines, does not use the service.

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