Thailand traffic police ramp up waiting ban

Thailand traffic police ramp up waiting ban
Heavy traffic on a Bangkok street.

Traffic Police are enforcing a strict ban on waiting vehicles at 10 more spots in Bangkok in an effort to ease traffic congestion, bringing the total to 20.

The measure was introduced because as some vehicles wait for people to get in, traffic piles up behind it.

The new spots include the areas in front of MBK Centre, in front of the Platinum fashion mall, in front of Horwang School, and in front of Saphan Mai Market.

The assistant National Police commissioner, Pol Lt-General Ruangsak Jrit-ake, who oversees traffic affairs, said yesterday that a total of 20 areas in Bangkok now were facing the strict ban on waiting vehicles.

Since the ban started, 702 motorists have been charged with violating it.

Pol Colonel Pornchai Kajornklin, Metropolitan Police Division 4 deputy commander, said motorists violating the ban would face a fine of up to Bt500 (S$19.50).

"But before we impose fines, we will campaign for public awareness of the ban," he said.

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