A total of 268,989 new cars and motorcycles were registered with the Land Transport Department in January this year.
The newly-registered vehicles for the month January included 167,039 motorcycles, 63,646 sedans, 24,117 pickup trucks, 1,129 7-seat-plus cars, 939 buses operating on fixed routes, 724 buses which do not operate on fixed routes and 5,731 trucks.
The total number of registered vehicles until January 31 amounted to 38,428,304 units.
Mr Kamon Burapong, deputy director-general of Land Transport Department, said the department had tightened up the use of red license plates for new cars to prevent the use of new cars to commit crimes because they can hardly be traced.
He said that each red plate is usable for a maximum of 30 days since the day a vehicle was registered and issued with a red plate after which – if the red plate is still being used – the motorist will be liable to a fine not exceeding 10,000 baht.