3 years after promised changes, blocking parking spaces still common

Friday, 18 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By  Surasak Huasoon

In September 2010, the Pattaya Mail reported that “the days of blocking off the curb in front of your home or business may be coming to an end” as police launched an effort to keep the roads clear.

Fast forward three years: Nothing has changed.

Shop owners who want to keep the front of their roadside businesses free of parked cars continue defy both traffic laws and common courtesy by putting up everything from chairs to steel bars on public roads.

Three years ago, Pattaya officials said they were drafting a law that makes it a punishable offense to block public parking. Where is that law today?Three years ago, Pattaya officials said they were drafting a law that makes it a punishable offense to block public parking. Where is that law today?

Thaporn Prompreangpan, 45, said his street has been deprived of much-needed parking spaces by selfish business owners. Roads are public property, he maintained, not an extension of private land and should be respected as such.

Three years ago, police said there was no law on the books against blocking off parking spots. The most officers can do is simply advise offenders they are causing problems and ask them to remove the blockade.

But, at the time, Pattaya officials said they were drafting a law that makes it a punishable offense to block public parking.

Where is that law today?

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  • Comment Link Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:35 posted by Bob Bee

    So true and you forgot to mention the Motorbike Taxi groups who not only claim the legal and illegal street parking but also set up shop and sleeping quarters on the public sidewalks and buy the way they don't own or rent the land they claim or pay any taxes, maybe because this is a moffia ran group too. They are quick to tell you to go park somewhere else because they have the backing of the police to own the public parking space.

    Remember "UP to You" not really it is "Up to Them"

  • Comment Link Sunday, 20 October 2013 12:31 posted by Daniel Tibo

    Businesses blocking off the parking is NOT as much of a problem as people who have taken over parking spots to store their merchandise, to sleep, etc., without concern for the public.

    In front of Pizza Co., Beach Road (Royal Garden), a group of vendors have a van parked that they use to store there merchandise that they sell on the street. They also took over all the motorcycle parking in front of Pizza Co., so they have a place to rest while customers walk by their goods for sale.

    I have been here more than 10 years -- and only three times has that van been moved. Once because royalty was coming, and the other two due to huge street closures for events.

    And if you still want to talk about parking issues, why doesn't anyone mention all the motorcycle rental operations that have crippled the parking in Pattaya.

    Try parking on Soi Post Office, anywhere between the post office and Beach Road. There is little or no parking because of the motorcycle vendors.

    Before casting a stone at the businesses who have legitimately LEASED or PURCHASED a place to transact business, and only want to make space for their customers, gather your rocks and aim them at the inconsiderate people who have taken over public property to sell their wares ... people who pay NOTHING to the city and contribute nothing in taxes.

  • Comment Link Saturday, 19 October 2013 21:44 posted by Colin Swann

    Typical Thailand. All talk and no action

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