Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who was speaking on the premier’s behalf, said yesterday (Aug 15) that officers operating guiding vehicles which transport prominent officials must ensure their operations take “as little a toll on the public as possible”.
According to him, Gen Prayut prioritised instructing authorities to speed up operations where main intersections must be closed off to minimise traffic.
Closing off roads for ministers and other important people is a common occurrence in this country. Traffic police typically turn on sirens to guide the vehicle while traffic is temporarily stopped until it has passed by.
According to recent Royal Thai Police reports, there has been a surge in complaints from the public regarding congestion on the capital’s roads, due in part to this practice.
National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said there will be “harsh penalties” for officers who mismanage traffic, adding that police do not want to portray the idea that cabinet members are more important than the public.
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