Dept of Land Transport adamant to clamp down on illegal passenger mini-vans


BANGKOK, 28 March 2012 – The state agency in charge of land transport has called on passenger mini-van operators to make sure that they are not violating any law as it is determined to continue with a clampdown on illegal mini-van services. 

Deputy Director-General of the Land Transport Department Jirut Visaljit, on Tuesday, brushed aside claims that the department officials have been selectively mistreating passenger mini-vans.

His rejection followed a protest by owners of some 40 passenger mini-vans operating on the Minburi-Mo Chit route, who said that they have been unfairly treated by officials, who have made more inspections and fined them recently.

Mr. Jirut insisted that all the Land Transport Department has been doing is to make sure that illegal passenger mini-vans are not operating on the street.

Under such policies, vehicles that have not been awarded with proper licenses to operate on any designated routes will automatically be considered as illegal.

Mr. Jirut stated that, in order to avoid such unpleasant situations, passenger mini-van operators are to make sure that they are operating on the routes that they are authorized to, otherwise they will continue to face more legal actions from all related agencies.