Heavier penalties for traffic violations in the offing

The government plans to stiffen penalties for traffic violations as a means to deal with traffic gridlock in Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today.

Gen Prawit said the traffic law will be amended to so that heavier penalties on traffic violations will be imposed.

Responding to media questions on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s instruction for agencies concerned to find ways to solve traffic problem in the capital, Gen Prawit said officials concerned are looking forward to drafting a bill for the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to consider.

He said Section 44 of the constitution would not be used to tackle the problem, but it would instead be amendments to the Land Traffic Act to increase penalties on traffic law violators such as those who drive with driver’s licences.

Work is being expedited to connect the bus, rail and boat transport systems but this does not mean it would be completed in three months as some media had reported, Gen Prawit said.