S44 to be used with new traffic law to deal with illegal public transport

Section 44 of the interim constitution will be invoked to supplement the enforcement of the new land traffic act to deal with passenger vans, buses and pickup trucks which do not comply with the laws in a last-ditch effort to curb deadly road accidents involving these vehicles, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Thursday.

He said security officials would work out all the details about how to deal with the illegal public transports and pickup trucks which carry passengers in response to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s order to get tough with these vehicles within three months from now before the Songkran long holidays when most people will travel.

He pointed out that special powers vested by Section 44 would cover areas which are beyond the coverage of the land traffic act. For instances, he said owners of public transport such as buses and passenger vans would be held accountable like the drivers in case of road accidents.

Pickup trucks, said General Prawit, will, in the future, not be allowed to carry passengers as the trucks were designed to carry goods.