Transport Ministry to set up 60 more CCTVs to better catch traffic law violators


BANGKOK, 6 February 2013 The Transport Ministry is aiming to set up 60 more closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) on the road to effectively tackle traffic law violators.

The Transport Ministry has held a meeting to discuss ways to solve traffic problems in Bangkok and its vicinities with the help of technology. Deputy Permanent Secretary for Transport Teerapong Rodprasert said after the meeting that he is looking to propose to Transport Minister Chatchat Sitthipan two solutions to the traffic problem.

They include increasing the potential of traffic police and using more technologies such as CCTVs so that traffic police can see the traffic in a broader picture. He said 60-70 CCTVs and speed cameras should be added to the system to ensure a 100-percent coverage.

Additionally, Mr Teerapong said the database on traffic violations should be shared among the Land Transport Department, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the Royal Thai Police; therefore, those who repeat the same violation will not be able to renew their car registration. In the future, repeated violators may get a double fine. The ministry is studying the possibility.