BANGKOK Thai cap­i­tal dou­bles fine for mo­tor­cy­clists driv­ing on foot­paths

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

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.

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