ANG THONG, 23 July 2014 – Most of the van service providers in the provinces have expressed their agreement with the new regulations, while a number of operators request an extension of the registration period.
According to authorities in Ang Thong Province, many passenger vans are operating without appropriate license plates provided by the Department of Land Transport, adding that some of them have not yet had their vehicles checked.
Several van operators implored the authorities to extend the registration period, claiming that some of them have been hired to other provinces while some have to purchase new vehicles to replace the ones aged more than 10 years.
Van service providers operating on the Bangkok – Tak route are also asking for a small window of grace period, allowing them more time to obtain the required yellow license plates.
Meanwhile, in Udon Thani Province, officials have organized a meeting with the van service operators on the new regulations. The vans operating in the province are running under different service contracts, the officials said, adding that a majority of them agree with the new regulations which aim to eliminate extortion by local influential figures in the long term.