BANGKOK Thai capital doubles fine for motorcyclists driving on footpaths
Bangkok City Hall has begun enforcing the 1000-baht (K48,000) fine for motorcyclists driving on footpaths, instead of waiting until Saturday as earlier announced.
Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phatthiyakul said on Thursday a surveillance camera network will also be used to catch violators.
The fine, imposed under the cleanliness law, has been doubled from 500 baht in an effort to reduce the number of motorcyclists driving on sidewalks.
Enforcement of the old rate had failed to reduce the number of motorbikes using footpaths to bypass the city’s severe traffic jams, even though about 10,000 riders had been fined a total 4 million baht since May, he said, adding, “If the 1000-baht fine still fails to have an effect, it will be further increased.”
Inspectors would impound the motorcycles of riders who could not pay the fine right away. They would be kept until the fine was paid. The BMA would also identify motorcyclists seen riding on sidewalks on surveillance cameras and send them letters demanding payment of the fine, Sakoltee said.