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Traffic fines likely to get S44 makeover

BANGKOK: Use of Section 44 to increase penalties for traffic offenders might be necessary if current measures fail to tackle chronic traffic congestion in Bangkok, says national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda.

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Bangkok Post

Tuesday 27 September 2016, 09:15AM


After the police chief called for Section 44 to increase traffic fines, spectators marvelled at a true innovation in Bangkok traffic – ambulances actually getting right of way along a designated 2 kilometre emergency lane around Victory Monument, leading to Rajavithi Hospital. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
After the police chief called for Section 44 to increase traffic fines, spectators marvelled at a true innovation in Bangkok traffic – ambulances actually getting right of way along a designated 2 kilometre emergency lane around Victory Monument, leading to Rajavithi Hospital. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

He said authorities are stepping up efforts to solve the traffic problems especially on the city’s 21 major roads but if the results are not satisfactory, he would recommend Section 44 of the interim charter be invoked to impose harsher punishments.

However, Gen Chakthip did not discuss the details.

Earlier, a proposal was raised to require people who fail to pay traffic tickets within one month of committing the offence to pay four times the penalty.

Transport agencies have been racing to address the city’s traffic gridlocks after Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon recently gave them one month to solve the traffic problems.

According to the National Police Chief, improvements have been made on several routes of the 21 targeted roads in the last 10 days, with average traffic speed slightly increasing. The progress was reported to the deputy prime minister.

The police chief said authorities began removing median strips on certain roads to allow for more traffic space, which eased traffic bottlenecks as expected.

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Authorities plan to remove a total of 21 median strips.

Gen Chakthip said traffic regulations also are being enforced strictly, with more than 5,000 traffic tickets issued during the past 10 days to motorists who violated traffic rules. Parking in prohibited areas was the top priority as it contributed a great deal to traffic congestion.

He said police were also working closely with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to ease flooding on the roads. City workers would ensure the drainage system was not clogged up and police would be deployed to manage traffic at flood-prone spots.

He urged motorists to call 1197, 1159 or 191 around the clock to report traffic problems.

Meanwhile, Bangkok City Police Chief Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, State Railway of Thailand Governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr and city authorities yesterday (Sept 26) inspected a road construction project near Mae Nam railway station which is expected to help relieve traffic jams.

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Kurt | 28 September 2016 - 12:08:50

Coming up with a Section 44 in this matter will devaluate the Section 44 power. No need for that.
It is just all about traffic law enforcement.
Clear pedestrian areas of vendors, than pedestrians can walk, and cars not stop/block any more 1 lane for buying noodles.
Practice the green traffic light wave at main roads. Synchronise! Main roads are aorta's of the city.
Once cars start driving with obeyed speed limits they can go miles with the green light flow.

The technic is old and available, practice it.
Bring/come with structure in BKK road happening.

Stop that silly unstructurel whistling of Traffic police who doesn't know what is happening at the next junctions.

Why in Singapore no car driver dares to stop on a bus lane, but in BKK they just can do it?
Law enforcement, just law enforcement.

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Kurt | 27 September 2016 - 20:07:10

Just a few days ago the police chief was saying that median strips would not be removed.
Anyway, what is the use of removing? 
You not get extra lanes by that removal. 
Nothing to contribute in better traffic flow. In contrary.

It is the joke of the year:
Transport agencies are 'racing' to address the city's traffic gridlock in one month time.
This is unbelievable. 
Decades of Bangkok's  present road situation, 'at once' changed?
Who is fooling who?
Wait and see, after 1 month we know.  :-)

Remember, Samkong underpass was ordered to open many months ago!
All these unrealistic 'orders' and than the subordinates start 'racing'.
Very funny.

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Rorii | 27 September 2016 - 18:17:25

Interesting photo caption "ambulances actually getting right of way along a designated 2 kilometer emergency lane around Victory Monument' but means little once you see the cop, on bike, halting traffic.

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