Govt axes renewal of van permits

All vans are to be replaced with minibuses with a minimum of 20 seats. (File photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The Transport Ministry has abolished the renewal and issuance of passenger van permits as part of measures to replace the vehicles with minibuses in a bid to curb traffic accidents.

Speaking after a meeting on the safety of van transport, Deputy Transport Minister Pichit Akrathit said the meeting agreed to terminate the extension and issuing of all passenger van permits nationwide as of Thursday.

All vans will be replaced with minibuses with a minimum of 20 seats. Ending passenger van transport is part of the government's plan to decrease the number of casualties from van-related road accidents.

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