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POL­LUT­ING VE­HI­CLES TO BE BANNED

EN­VI­RON­MENT: Ve­hi­cles emit­ting pol­lut­ing fumes will be banned from Bangkok streets and will face hefty fines as au­thor­i­ties try to curb harm­ful ul­tra-fine dust dur­ing the dry sea­son.

The strin­gent mea­sures are needed as the lev­els of PM2.5 tend to ex­ceed safety lim­its be­tween De­cem­ber and April ev­ery year, Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Depart­ment (PCD) chief Pra­long Dam­rongthai said yes­ter­day.

Par­tic­u­late mat­ter 2.5 refers to the dust par­ti­cles with a size of 2.5 mi­crome­tre in di­am­e­ter, which have been linked to health is­sues.

From Oc­to­ber, 2017 to Septem­ber this year, the in­spec­tion of 8,237 cars on streets by the PCD and po­lice found 137 ve­hi­cles emit­ting PM2.5 above ac­cept­able lev­els.

CRASH KILLS 4 IN SAI YOK DIS­TRICT

KAN­CHANABURI: Four peo­ple, in­clud­ing Thai and Myan­mar driv­ers and an Ira­nian tourist, were killed and an­other badly hurt when a pickup truck crashed head-on with a taxi in Sai Yok dis­trict in the early hours yes­ter­day.

The crash hap­pened shortly af­ter mid­night on the Kan­chanaburi-Sai Yok sec­tion of High­way 323 in tam­bon Lum Sum, said Pol Lt Chaiya Pai­wan, deputy in­ves­ti­ga­tion chief at Sai Yok po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice and res­cue work­ers rush­ing to the scene found a taxi with Bangkok li­cence plates and a sin­gle-cab pickup truck with Nakhon Ratchasima li­cence plates. Both were badly dam­aged.

The three dead were Rin­phu-on Jongkol, 46, the taxi driver; Kan­ta­ma­nee Kon­nakhon, 28, a Thai taxi pas­sen­ger from Tak’s Mae Ra­mat; and a Myan­mar man iden­ti­fied only as Kh­wan­chai from Sai Yok dis­trict, who drove the pickup truck.

The two in­jured men — Mo­jtaba Bakhtia­ree, an Ira­nian taxi pas­sen­ger; and Ko­rawit Wi­phob­watcharakun, 21, the pas­sen­ger in the pickup — were rushed to Sai Yok Hos­pi­tal.

The Ira­nian man was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter.

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