Drivers parked 'too long' face fines

Bangkok Traffic Police on Monday announced yet another imminent crackdown on both private and public vehicles found parked illegally in 10 busy commercial areas already suffering huge rush hour traffic jams.

Assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak Charitek said officers would take "decisive action" against motorists including drivers of public buses, vans and taxis who park at stop signs or bus stops in front of major shopping malls and markets.

Traffic police also intend to strictly enforce the law against drivers who stop or park vehicles so that they obtruct, block or impede traffic and cause traffic jams. Violators are subject to paying a fine of 500 baht .

The 10 target areas are roads in front of:

1. Regent Hotel on Ratchaprarop Rd.

2. Major Cineplex Ratchayothin on Phahon Yothin Rd.

3. new Minburi Market on Sihaburanukij Rd.

4. Seacon Square Shopping Center and Paradise Park Shopping Center on Srinakarin Rd.

5. CentralWorld Plaz on Ratchadamri Rd.

6 . Siam Paragon Shopping Center Rama 1 Rd.

7. Central Plaza Pinklao on Boromratchonnanee Rd.

8. Thai Chuay Thai Market on Ratchadaphisek Rd.

9. The Mall Bang Khae on Phetkasem Rd.

10. Don Mueang Airport 

Police measures will continue along with the threat of towing vehicles, a new step taken recently to try to enforced laws and help to solve traffic problems in the capital. 

Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak said the policy was initially implemented on 10 heavily congested spots and would expand to 45 other areas with similar traffic problems within the next three months. Improvements would be assessed after 15 days, he added.

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