April 08, 2014 00:00
By PETCHANET PRATRUANGKRAI
THE COMMERCE MINISTRY has assured consumers that prices |will be kept under control this |year to stabilise the cost of living, including during the Songkran break.
“The ministry will continue to hold down prices this year and during long weekends.
“Manufacturers should not raise prices during periods of high demand as they could face charges of unfair trade,” permanent secretary Srirat Rastapana said.
To ensure consumers are treated justly during the Songkran Festival, the ministry has instructed the Internal Trade Department to send teams to inspect prices at hot spots such as bus terminals, train stations, airports, tourist destinations and rest areas along highways nationwide.
Retailers and food traders should not overcharge consumers or else they could face seven years in jail and/or Bt140,000 fine under the Price of Goods and Services Act.
Somchart Soithong, director-general of the department, said shops would also be checked for clear labelling of products so that consumers will not be cheated.
If prices are not plainly stated, merchants could be fined up to Bt10,000.
If consumers find an unfair practice, they can call the department’s 1569 hotline.
After receiving the complaint, officials will be sent to investigate the case.