BANGKOK – The working committee on organizing public transport vans has declined the request by van operators to bring van services back to Bangkok’s Victory Monument. Meanwhile, the new van terminus in front of Mo Chit Terminal is expected to be operational next year.
Over 300 van operators attended the meeting with the van organization committee, which consists of the NCPO, police, the Department of Land Transport, the Transport Company, and related agencies. The committee said that since October 25 last year, van stops have been relocated to major bus terminals such as Mo Chit, Ekkamai, and the Southern Bus Terminal, and will not be relocated back to Victory Monument even though van operators are experiencing a decline in revenue.
Chief of Joint Staff of the 2nd Calvary Division King’s Guard, Col Sombat Thanyawan reported today that public van services in the capital are now more organized and don’t obstruct traffic, charge fair prices for tickets, and mafia influence has been eliminated.
The committee also revealed that van stops in suburban areas such as Rangsit, Bang Wa, Bang Na, and Rama 2 are also under reorganization, while the van operational base opposite Mo Chit Terminal is slated to open next year, with 154 platforms and facilities to accommodate 1,500 passengers.