VIDEO: Aging cars ban on Bangkok streets denied

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The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) today dismissed a post in the social media that aging cars will be banned from Bangkok streets.

The post which was widely shared also said aging cars will be allowed if owners agree to pay car tax similar to new cars.

Coming out to deny the car ban post is Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy commissioner of the MPB.

He said it was groundless that the MPB will soon ban the driving of aging cars of 7-10 years on Bangkok streets, but will allow if car owners agree to pay higher tax similar to tax imposed on new cars.

In fact, he said the police had such a plan three years ago as the idea was derived from Japan.

But such a plan had been shelved as the police realised of the trouble the people would have.

However he said the police have only an idea to ban public buses whose engines are over 20 years as old bus was found to be a reason of traffic jams when it went out of order on the street.

He said the police have already sought cooperation from the Land Transport Department and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to look after the aging buses.