BMA to go easy on street vendors

national April 20, 2013 00:00

By Thanatpong Kongsai
The Nation

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City police will try to avoid arresting or imposing fines on street vendors in Bangkok.


“Instead, our focus will be on seeking cooperation from stall owners in a bid to ensure that they follow guidelines in plying their trade,” Deputy Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said yesterday. 
While the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officially allows vendors to operate in some areas, they still need to be at least 10 metres away from bus stops and at least five metres from pedestrian walkways. 
Aswin was announcing BMA’s policies on how city police should carry out their duties in the capital yesterday. 
He said most of the policies were related to the ones announced during Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra’s election campaign. According to Aswin, city police have already started projects to recruit volunteer patrol officers and guards in four key districts. 
“In response to the policy to boost the safety of life and property, we will start the green-box project,” Aswin said.
These green boxes will be installed at the residences of MPs, senators, Bangkok councillors, Privy councillors and other important personalities living in the capital and will be monitored by city police to ensure security in and around the area. 
“These boxes will also be used to receive complaints from people,” Aswin said.