Police launch test run of public van services


BANGKOK, 27 June 2014 – The Metropolitan Police Bureau has launched a test run on the relocation of public van services from the Victory Monument to the Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station.

Passenger vans will begin to be stationed near the station from July 1 onwards. Traffic routes will be adjusted to accommodate passengers embarking at the Victory Monument.

More police officers will be dispatched to help ease traffic near loading zones at the busy roundabout. Initial tests found that the new plan helped improve the flow of traffic by 80 percent.

The bureau made known that currently there are around 5,000 public vans servicing passengers at 167 stops at the Victory Monument. Vans can now park at six separate zones in the area and more zoning will be done once reorganization efforts are under way.

Police further stressed that any van found to illegally park at the roundabout will be punished by the law once the grace period is over. Vans are also not allowed to pick up passengers from the Makkasan station.