Beginning on November 1, all boats will not be allowed to dock at Laem Balihai pier in Pattaya.
The ban was issued by Colonel Pob-anan Luangpanuwat, deputy commander of 14th army circle, following a meeting with relevant agencies to solve traffic problem and lack of parking space for cars at Laem Balihai which is public land.
Boat operators have used tow trucks to bring their motor boats back and forth between the pier and their yards every day. They also park their tow trucks at the pier landing, hence blocking other cars from approaching the pier.
Boat operators were told to dock their vessels on Chom Thien beach from Soi Chom Thien 11-14 where traffic is relatively lighter and there is more parking space.
Violating of the ban is liable to an imprisonment of up to three years and/or a fine of 10,000 baht. Violators may face charge of being criminal influential figures.
About 300 officials will be deployed to ensure that all vessels are moved out before November 1.