Protests take toll on vehicle tax collection

Economy January 24, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

The temporary suspension of services at the Land Transport Department due to the anti-government protest rally site at the five-way Lat Phrao intersection has resulted in a 40.5 per cent (or Bt22 million a day) drop in vehicle tax revenue in Bangkok, acco

The Land Transport Department normally collects about Bt10 billion in vehicle tax a year, an average of Bt37 million per day, for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. However, the tax income this month is likely to be considerably lower, the transport minister said. 
Vehicles taxes are collected by the respective regional land transport regional offices hence any blockade of state offices by the anti-government protesters would affect vehicle tax collection. 
Bangkok traffic has returned close to its normal levels, but the blockade of three bridges – Rama VIII, Thai-Japan and Thai-Belgium – are a major problem for traffic flow as motorists have to take alternative routes, creating bottleneck situations at the Pinklao, Sang Hee and Rama VII bridges with spillover effect on Wongsawang Road and Ratchadaphisek Road and Phra Nang Klao Bridge and Ngarm Wongwarn Road. Motorists should plan their commuting in advance, Chadchart said. 
The closure of the Thai-Japan and Thai-Belgium bridges are affecting traffic on Rama IV Road where many schools, universities and offices are located. The police has urged the anti-government protesters to open up the road to alleviate inconvenience to commuters.