Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had been misreported as having vowed to solve Bangkok’s traffic woes in three months, Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Saturday.
The PM was just issuing an order to government agencies to come up with measures within three months to deal with road congestion, he said.
Sansern said Prayut did not mean that the city’s notorious traffic woes could be tackled in three months as reported. There are several issues making up the traffic problem, Sansern said, including an inadequate city plan, the on-going construction of mass transit systems and the high number of vehicles and motorcycles at 9.7 million.
Sansern said the number of vehicles and motorcycles is eight times higher than can be properly accommodated on the available road space.
The spokesman said Prayut simply ordered related government agencies to within three months come up with measures to reduce traffic congestion as much as possible.