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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #361
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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #362
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Jarupong calls for VAT to be imposed on expressway tolls

Published: 28/02/2012 at 01:59 AM Newspaper section: News

Motorists should pay value-added tax on expressway tolls, says Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan.

He expects the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat), which owns the expressway, to pass the burden on to motorists over a few years.

The minister told Exat's management on a visit to the agency's head office yesterday to study ways to pass the VAT burden on to motorists instead of continuing to bear the costs itself.

"I know it is risky to mention this now but unless the problem is solved, it will only grow.

"Since 1992, every party has tried to forget about this issue rather than address it," Mr Jarupong said.

The minister has told the Exat to come up with a solution in a year.

He recommended the state enterprise phase in the tax gradually, whenever it raises expressway tolls. The Exat should aim to be sharing the tax burden with motorists within a few years, he said.

Mr Jarupong said the Exat has borne the VAT burden since 1992. The tax costs the state enterprise about 700 million baht a year, amounting to more than 12 billion baht so far.

He said that is the equivalent of the construction cost of a 24km-long expressway.

The minister also proposed the Exat cancel the 800 baht deposit for its electronic toll tags.

He said the Exat should encourage more motorists to use toll tags but the deposit was putting them off.

The Exat and its expressway concessionaire, Bangkok Expressway, a co-investor in the electronic toll collection system, should come up with a solution, Mr Jarupong said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/tran...pressway-tolls
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #363
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No VAT on tolls? That's weird. VAT is supposed to be levied on goods and services. A tollway would definitely qualify as a service.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #364
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BECL issues uneasy profit forecast, only 3% revenue growth

Published: 29/02/2012 at 02:33

Despite changes in its revenue-sharing agreement with the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat), the SET-listed Bangkok Expressway Plc (BECL) says an upgraded forecast for vehicle traffic will contribute to 3% growth in revenue this year.

But managing director Payao Marittanaporn said she was wary about profit prospects as BECL's lower revenue share will be fully realised this year.

BECL's share of the toll revenue for the urban expressway system was reduced from 50% to 40% on March 1 2011, cutting its toll revenue last year by 6.44% to 7.30 billion baht. Net profit dropped by 22.91% to 1.39 billion baht from 1.80 billion the year before.

"Normally I am confident in our projections, but not this year," she said.

BECL projects its total revenue (tolls and other income) will increase by 3% this year from 7.65 billion baht last year.

"Last year's performance was as expected, except for flooding that affected us for two months, but both property damage and business interruption can be claimed by insurance," said Mrs Payao.

Last year its subsidiaries closed down six out of 10 tollways, resulting in a loss of revenue. The insurance company will survey lost revenue and the claims will be realised this year.

BECL estimated traffic growth of 4% this year, up from 1.02 million trips per day last year.

"With more political stability, traffic should increase on the weekends, while a rise in investment will contribute to higher economic activities on weekdays. And this year we believe there will be no floods," Mrs Payao said.

Following the Transport Minister's proposal on Monday that Exat cancel the 800-baht deposit for its electronic toll tags, Mrs Payao said of the 1 million trips per day, 30% are easy-pass users in the core business area. But the total usage of coupons was only 15% despite no deposits.

The proposal from the ministry for value-added tax to be paid on expressway tolls will also cause lower usage in the short term, but traffic is expected to return once people see the move is cost efficient, she said.

Easy-pass booths see 800 cars per hour compared with 350-400 cars for toll lanes.

The company expects a five-baht increase in tollway fees next September, in accordance with the Bangkok consumer price index.

Mrs Payao said BECL will issue over 4 billion baht in new debentures this year, with a maturity of three years.

BECL will also invest 200 million baht on ramps to link Jaturathit Road with the Sri Rat expressway this year.

Construction of the 20-billion-baht, 17-kilometre Sri Rat-Outer Ring Road Expressway is due to start next year, finishing in four years.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #365
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Motorway Project Phase 1 (2011-2020)

1.Northeastern Motorway : Bang Pa-In(Ayutthaya) - Saraburi - Nakorn Ratchasima (199 Km)
2.Northern Motorway : Bang Pa-In(Ayutthaya) - Nakhon Sawan (199 Km)
3.Western Motorway : Bang Yai(Nonthaburi) - Nakhon Pathom - Kanjanaburi (98 Km)
4.Southern Motorway : Nakhon Pathom - Samut Songkhram - Cha Am(Phetchaburi) (118 Km)
5.Eastern Motorway extension : Chonburi - Pattaya - Map Ta Phut(Rayong) (89 Km)

Total : 316,800 million baht or 10,560 million USD
Project by Department of Highway



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Old April 4th, 2012, 12:32 PM   #366
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Google Street View finally in Thailand!

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Old April 4th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #368
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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #369
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Yeah, I used google street view too, it is useful if you would like to plan your trip.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #370
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But what is the point of posting here all this screen shots from Google Street View???
The whole idea of street view is that you can go there and move along the streets. Just place a link to one or two locations and everyone can explore it.

Otherwise we can end up with hundreds of screen shots from google.
I think it is not what this forum supposed to be about.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 08:43 PM   #371
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Old May 16th, 2012, 06:55 PM   #372
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Old May 18th, 2012, 02:13 PM   #373
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Old August 8th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #377
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Ministry eyes motorway projects fund

Published: 4/08/2012 at 02:00 AM

The Transport Ministry is planning to set up an infrastructure fund to raise capital to build new motorways.

The plan will help the government finance five inner-city motorways that will cost more than 192 billion baht to build, said Deputy Transport Minister Chadchart Sittiphan.

Under the scheme, people can invest in the infrastructure fund through commercial banks, like a mutual fund, and earn interest on their investment, he explained. Meanwhile, the government will have more money to finance its projects without incurring new public debt, Mr Chadchart added.

The infrastructure fund could provide a higher-yielding alternative to the low interest rates of bank deposits, he said, and allow citizens to jointly own the inner-city motorways.

Investors' money will make up 75% of the infrastructure fund. Revenues from two motorways operated by the Highways Department will provide the other 25%, Mr Chadchart said. They are the motorway linking Bangkok and Chon Buri, and the highway known as Kanchanaphisek road that links parts of Bangkok with Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Ayutthaya.

The 196km Bang Pa-in-Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima route is one of the five new road-building projects the government has planned. The motorway will cost an estimated 60 billion to construct, and will likely be financed with money from the infrastructure fund.

Loans will also be required to finance the project, Mr Chadchart said, but with the infrastructure fund, the government will not be entirely dependent on loans and the state budget.

He believes the fund will be a low-risk investment because it will be managed and overseen by the government.

Chula Sukmanop, chief of the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office, said the Bang Pa-in-Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima route would likely draw the most interest from investors among the five motorways because it will become a major link to the Northeast.

Bidding for construction of the Bang Pa-in-Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima route is scheduled to take place this year. The other motorway project given high priority by the government is the 98km Bang Yai-Nakhon Pathom-Kanchanaburi route, with an estimated cost of 45.9 billion baht.

The three other planned projects are the 89km Chon Buri-Pattaya-Map Ta Phut (with an estimated price tag of 14.8 billion baht); the 118km Nakhon Pathom-Samut Songkhram-Cha-am (38.2 billion baht); and the 206km Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Sawan (32.3 billion baht) roads.

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Bangkok-Chon Buri near Suvarnabhumi Airport

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