NCPO warns of strict traffic enforcement after bus stops installation

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Maj. Gen. Popanan Luengpanuwat said once a series of new bus stops are installed, parking and stopping regulations will be strictly enforced.
Maj. Gen. Popanan Luengpanuwat said once a series of new bus stops are installed, parking and stopping regulations will be strictly enforced.

The military is promising once a series of new bus stops are installed, parking and stopping regulations will be strictly enforced.

Maj. Gen. Popanan Lueng­panuwat, head of the National Council for Peace and Order in Banglamung District, met with baht bus drivers and the public July 19 to review progress on its transport reorganization effort.

Popanan maintained that the 30 new bus stops will keep traffic organized and reduce congestion if all baht bus drivers operate on their assigned routes and obey traffic laws.

The stops, he said, were created to be the zones where passengers are picked up and dropped off. There will be no more stopping in the middle of the street or cutting through traffic, he dictated.

In addition, drivers no longer would be able to negotiate charter rides. Drivers who wish to do private hires must apply for a different license from the Chonburi Land Transport Department.

He told the public that regular citizens also must heed the army’s rules and stand only at stops to flag down rides.

He said once all the stops are installed, soldiers and traffic police would strictly enforce the law and penalize lawbreakers with fines, vehicle impounds and license revocations.

Passengers, he added, also would receive warning if caught flagging down baht buses outside designated areas.