Boat operators parking their boat trailers at Bali Hai pier in South Pattaya have been given to today to remove their watercrafts out of the public places, or else they will face forced eviction, or seizure of their vehicles.
The ultimatum was given after a combined force of soldiers, police, Bang Lamung district officials, marine officials, city officials on Monday inspected Bali Hai pier to follow up progress of the parking system at public places along both sides of the beach road around Phra Tamnak hill where boat trailers have taken up vehicle spaces, prompting complaints of a lack of parking places for other vehicles.
Authorities met and discussed the ultimatum with the boat operators with warning of strict enforcement of law if their boat trailers are still seen at the places tomorrow.
Parking at Bali Hai pier has attracted the attention of the military in September following numerous complaints of trailer boats taking up all parking spaces at the Bali Hai bay.
The military surveyed the place and found the poor parking system there, particularly the occupation of parking spaces by boat operators.
The military found that a large number of vehicle-parking spaces were filled with laid-up boats – many of which never see the water – which causes parking shortages and congestion as tour buses try to navigate streets narrowed by the parked trailers.
Boat operators had been summoned to a meeting to find a resolution to the problem of private citizens taking up public property and depriving Pattaya of parking fees.
Owners of unused boats were asked to remove their watercraft and would be charged and the boats seized if the military’s requests aren’t heeded.