4 minivan drivers busted


Four minivan drivers were arrested by a team of regulators, police and soldiers who vowed to get tough on rogue operators.

Maj. Suwit Laklang, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order in Bang­lamung, joined up with Wiman Panklang, head of vehicle inspections at the Chonburi Land Transport Department, and Pol. Maj. Jirawat Sukontasap, head of the Pattaya municipal police, to check public-transport operators around the city.

One operator was arrested for lacking the proper license while three others were detained for operating off their designated routes.

Suwit said the operation was launched following complaints about minivans going off-route and driving where they wanted. He said more surprise inspections would follow as authorities strictly enforce traffic laws.

Those arrested face up to five years in prison and up to 20,000 baht in fines.