August 26th, 2009
The most recent British Behaviour Overseas report launched by the FCO pinpoints two areas of rising concern, specifically motorcycle and moped accidents and the rising variety of arrests overseas.
Thailand tops the listing on accidents with 269 British deaths there in 2008. The figures imply that Thailand has the very best price of deaths in proportion to the variety of British vacationers of any nation worldwide. In the identical interval, an estimated 860,000 British vacationers visited Thailand. The vast majority of 324 reported hospitalisations in Thailand had been attributable to motorcycle accidents and a excessive proportion are deadly.
Thailand has one of many world’s highest street visitors accident charges, virtually all of which contain motorbikes. Thai regulation stating that security helmets should be worn is broadly ignored, in line with the FCO, which contributes to the excessive variety of deaths annually. On common 38 folks a day die in bike accidents in Thailand. Additional to that, some autos aren’t street worthy. The FCO says that lots of the bikes and scooters which can be out there for rent in seashore resorts are unregistered and can’t legally be pushed on a public street. This might invalidate any journey insurance coverage coverage ought to the motive force want to make a declare.
As regards to journey insurance coverage, the report discovered that monetary pressures are inflicting many British holidaymakers to forgo journey insurance coverage in a bid to economize. The International Workplace empahasize that getting complete journey insurance coverage signifies that, while an accident might disrupt your vacation, it will not bankrupt you in extortionate medical or repatriation payments.
Equally worrying is the rising variety of arrests overseas, with Spain a selected hotspot, the place 2,032 Britons had been arrested final yr. That is increased than every other nation, though, as a proportion of customer numbers, the very best variety of arrests was within the UAE adopted by Thailand. The vast majority of arrests are drug-related, with one in seven regarding unlawful substances. That is notably so in Thailand the place 1 / 4 of arrests had been attributable to medication. The UAE additionally has a low tolerance of medication, in line with the FCO. Many Britons arrested within the UAE are transit passengers, who fall foul of the nation’s strict drug legal guidelines, which prohibit some prescribed drugs which can be authorized within the UK.