Cabinet approves New Year’s gifts to people


BANGKOK (NNT) – The Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Traisuree Taisaranakul, said today the cabinet meeting approved the Ministry of Transport’s proposal to exempt toll fees for commuters on four routes between December 27, 2019, and January 3, 2020. The four routes are motorways 7 and 9, BuraphaWithi expressway and Kanchanaphisek expressway.

After the New Year holiday period, Easy Pass users will receive a 5% discount for one more month. Motorists can also purchase coupons to receive a 5% discount at the Don Muang tollway, starting this month. The campaign will run for six months. A cashback scheme has also been launched to benefit commuters using e-tickets, from now until January next year.

Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports will offer free parking for travelers between December 27 this year and January 3 next year. Thai Airways International (THAI) is offering Weekday Vacation tickets at special prices for those who travel to and from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket between Mondays and Thursdays. The Airport Rail Link and the Mass Rapid Transit’s (MRT) Blue and Purple lines will increase their train services to operate until 2 a.m. on January 1 a.m. Parking lots at the MRT’s stations will have their opening hours extended. Senior citizens will receive a 50% discount for commuter boat services. Transport authorities are to organize boat trips for people to chant prayers during the New Year period.

The cabinet meeting also approved the Ministry of Energy’s proposal to lower retail prices of diesel B10 and benzene by 1 baht per liter, as a New Year’s gift to the people. Retail fuel prices at PTT stations will not increase between December 25, 2019, and January 2, 2020. The fuel tariff (FT) rate, used for calculating electricity bills, will stay at 3.64 baht per kilowatt-hour on this occasion.