Metropolitan police to strictly enforce motorcycle ban on flyovers, tunnels this week

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Beginning this week, Bangkok traffic police will strictly enforce traffic law banning motorcycles to use 39 flyovers and six tunnels.

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This was disclosed today by Pol Maj Gen Piyaphan Pingmuang, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, after the ban was published in the Royal Gazette and became effective July 23.

But as the law took effect, motorcyclists were still seen using all the said 39 flyovers and six tunnels this morning.

Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commissioner said it would take a few more days for the police to begin tough enforcement of the law as motorcyclists were still unaware of the ban after they were given almost a three month grace to use these banned flyovers and tunnels.

But within this week, those who violated the ban will be arrested and fined.

Highway officer earlier said flyovers, bridges and tunnels in Bangkok and its vicinity were built to solve traffic problems and not designed for use by motorcyclists.

Their main purpose was facilitating the flow of traffic for cars.