Traffic in bangkok set to worsen in 2014, official warns


BANGKOK,   The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) has projected that traffic congestion will climb to a new peak in 2014, due to increased motor vehicles and several infrastructure projects. 

The number of vehicles registered daily in Bangkok has increased by 39.6 percent from last year and OTP Director General Chula Sukmanop claimed the first-car buyer scheme will exacerbate the situation, despite 80 percent of vehicles purchased under the scheme being registered in other provinces.

He added that traffic in the capital will suffer from the construction of tunnels in Bangkok, as well as the Purple, Red and Blue Line railways.

The OTP is gearing up to launch a campaign to reduce the number of personal vehicles on the streets and improve public transport services with special bus lanes.