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Traffic violators beware

To highlight its stricter policy on traffic offenders, police demonstrate to the media yesterday how a taxi that parked illegally on Rama IV Road in Bangkok is towed away.

To highlight its stricter policy on traffic offenders, police demonstrate to the media yesterday how a taxi that parked illegally on Rama IV Road in Bangkok is towed away.

POLICE HAVE STARTED a campaign to "return roads to the people" by cracking down on traffic violators.

Pol Lt-Geneneral Wuthi Liptapallop said police would tow away or lock the wheels of illegally parked vehicles, arrest and jail offenders, and do this in a polite |manner.

Targeted areas include Bangkok's Rama IV Road (Klong Toei intersection) and the Rama IX Intersection, which are notorious for traffic jams.

The campaign has already led to a decrease in illegal parking over the past three days in the two locations and the city's 10 main roads, including in the Saphan Khao and Bo Bae market areas, Wuthi said.

Wuthi said police planned to randomly target night-time venues where operators allowed illegal parking last night, while metropolitan police and city administrators would discuss on Thursday ways to curb illegal motorcycle parking and those who open shops on sidewalks.

Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Maj-General Adul Narongsak said police in areas with the highest number of towed vehicles must write additional reports explaining the reasons for traffic-obstruction parking.

People who park their vehicles in a no-parking zone and on a sidewalk could be fined Bt500.

Drivers of vehicles towed would face an additional fine of at least B.1,000 for a ten-wheeled truck, Bt700 for a four-wheeled and six-wheeled trucks, and Bt500 for other vehicles.

Police said more arrests were being made including taxi drivers and public transport van drivers who parked in a way that blocks traffic at key places in the city.

Traffic police have reported a significant decrease in complaints about street racers after the curfew was introduced.


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