People in the southern province of Narathiwat have begun to register their motorcycles with sidecars with police under a pilot programme to prevent the vehicles from being turned into motorcycle bombs for violent incidents in the southern border provinces.
On Thursday (Sept 7) morning, police set up a table near a police kiosk behind the Narathiwat municipality market for the people to register their vehicles.
More than 800 people registered their motorbikes with sidecars in the morning. Most of them work as porters delivering goods at fish piers and traders at fresh markets.
Pol Col Charoen Thammakhan, the Muang district police chief, said the registration of motorcycles with sidecars is intended to prevent them from being used to hide and deliver bombs into the municipality and surrounding areas.
After the registration, those who have registered their motorcycles with sidecars will be called to attend a meeting with the police and administrative officials and listen to a guideline for practice in line with the government’s security policy.
They will be given stickers to be placed on their vehicles for easy checks.
It is believed this programme will help reduce violent incidents with bombs in the municipality. The programme will be expanded to other localities as a number of motorcycle with sidecars were found to have been used to carry bombs, Pol Col Charoen said.