Baht bus parking to be limited in S. Pattaya

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Pattaya officials, police and representatives of the local Baht Bus Cooperative agreed to limit the number of pickup truck taxis waiting outside Pattaya School No. 8 and Walking Street to reduce traffic congestion.

City Councilman Anupong Bhudanawarut led the delegation of public officials, police and transport executives to the northbound Second Road parking queue April 3, finding the usual long queue of baht buses taking up traffic lanes and causing backups.

City officials gather for a press photo op, as workers paint the red and white no parking stripes on the curb, with the intent of limiting the number of baht buses lined up outside Pattaya School #8.

Agreement was made to limit the number of baht buses waiting in the area, although the exact number was not disclosed.

Following a similar inspection at the South Road entrance of Walking Street, city officials and police said new curb painting would be done, clearly showing no parking and limited stopping areas, with no more than eight baht buses allowed to park at one time.

In addition, police pledged to strictly enforce the parking laws, especially a complete prohibition on baht bus double parking, which continually causes backups on South and Beach roads.

The officials’ last stop was Soi Buakhao, where the city already announced a crackdown on low-hanging signboards and advertising. About 100 violations were cited and business owners were given a deadline by which to ensure their signs are at least 5.5 meters off the ground to allow passage of emergency vehicles.

Other instances of privately owned buildings encroaching on public sidewalks and streets were noted for later prosecution, as well as endemic parking problems.