GPS devices to be installed in large trucks and public buses

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BANGKOK – The Department of Land Transport is installing GPS devices in every heavy-duty truck and public bus in an effort to help ensure safe driving.

Director-General of the Department of Land Transport Snit Phromwong said the department measured the speed of more than 52,000 vehicles from 29 December 2015 – 4 January and found that 661 of them exceeded the speed limit. Most of the vehicles were mini vans, followed by buses and trucks. The department punished both the drivers and their employers, said the director-general.

Speeding is still the number one cause of road accidents. The director-general said the department needed to step up its road accident prevention measures for the Songkran festival in April this year as well as other long holidays. GPS devices were being installed in large trucks and public buses to help prevent road accidents, said the director-general.