Police tighten up on public transport vans
With the crackdown on illegal public transport vans at Bangkok's Victory Monument area now in effect, Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Pol Maj-General Chanthawit Ramasut on Monday warned that violators would face up to five years in prison and/or a fine of Bt20,000 to Bt100,000.
Chanthawit said that public transport vans covering no more than 300 kilometres must be less than 10 years old, have seatbelts for all seats and be equipped with tools required by the Land Transport Department. They must also have a sticker clearly displayed that confirms the van has passed its maintenance examination. He said that police would stop any public transport vans without the sticker, arrest the drivers. Checkpoints looking for such illegal vans would also be set up in Bangkok and on main highways.