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Click button to listen to Motorcade and rightclick to downloadNew royal motorcade rules to be introduced
Almost any long-time Bangkok resident will recognise when a royal motorcade is coming.
Smartly uniformed police will be seen along the route and long before the motorcade arrives the road will empty of normal traffic. Traffic police are stationed at every pedestrian bridge to keep people from crossing above the procession.
People are used to it but it is an inconvenience and his Majesty the King wants to see it reduced to a minimum.
The King last year instructed the Office of the Principal Private Secretary to work with state agencies on ways to help alleviate traffic problems caused by the royal motorcades.
Pol Maj Gen Anand Srihiran, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, who is in charge of special affairs, said a committee had devised guidelines for traffic police to follow.
While security for the royal motorcades will remain strict on official trips, traffic management rules will be eased for private journeys.
For example, on two-way roads, vehicles travelling in the opposite direction to the motorcades will be allowed to proceed.
At the moment, traffic on both sides is stopped well in advance.
Push-carts which are currently required to move away from main roads will instead be allowed to stay at the roadside as the royal motorcade passes by.
Pedestrian bridges which are normally closed well in advance of the arrival of the royal motorcades will remain open until the royal motorcade actually arrives.
Motorists will also be allowed to use U-turn bridges while the royal motorcade passes.
The period in which traffic is halted prior to the arrival of the royal motorcade will also be reduced to minimise the impact on the public.
In addition, people will be able to use escalators on the opposite side of the road.
The new arrangement will be assessed as to whether it is practical and if it reduces traffic wait times, Pol Maj Gen Anand said.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post.
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