15 vehicles towed away as Bangkok cracks down on illegal parking

BANGKOK - As many as 15 vehicles were towed away yesterday as part of a crackdown on illegal parking and traffic violations, announced Metropolitan Police deputy chief Pol Maj-General Adul Narongsak.

The measure, which was implemented yesterday, covers 10 Bangkok routes during rush hour - 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm - and replaces the previous wheel-lock practice. The measure will expand to all Bangkok roads from November 1 onwards, he said.

City officials will place clear "no parking" signs and paint prohibited areas in red and white to prevent arguments between motorists and police officers, he added.

"There will be no reason for policemen to bully you or rush to make an arrest to boost their rates if you don't break any laws. It's a good thing that police can enforce the law strictly." He added that usually arresting officers got 40 per cent of the fine.

Adul said this measure's procedure would be transparent.

Of the 15 cars towed yesterday morning, two were on Phetchaburi Road, two in the Bang Sue area, three in the Phaholyothin area, one on Sathorn Road, six in the Talad Phlu area and one in Thon Buri.

Later yesterday, Adul also presided over the launch of the campaign and unveiled 200 tow trucks at the Royal Plaza. At the launch, he said traffic in Bangkok would soon be like it is in Singapore, Hong Kong and London, where people don't dare break traffic laws.