Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy Bangkok police chief supervising traffic, said solving traffic problems in Bangkok is an urgent agenda which all stakeholders -- whether the government, the private sector or the people -- have to work together on.
“It is a shame for the city, so we all have to work together to get rid of this embarrassing statistic,” he said.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said the metropolitan police had outlined 16 urgent projects to solve the traffic problem by starting with traffic law enforcement on 10 heavily congested roads.
The 10 streets include Lat Phrao Road from Lat Phrao intersection to Lam Sali intersection, Rama IV Road from Hua Lamphong intersection to its intersection with Sukhumvit Road, Ratchadaphisek Road and Phahon Yothin Road. The others are Vibhavadi Rangsit Road from Din Daeng intersection to Rangsit area, Sathon Road, Phetchaburi Road, Ramkhamhaeng Road, Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok and Ratchadamnoen Avenue.
The police will also introduce the electronic fine system to support such strict law enforcement, which expected to help reduce the problem by 10%.
Later, the traffic police will move to develop a traffic court and push for alternate working hours for people to help reduce the number of cars on the streets at any one time. If the government approves the proposals, the traffic problem may be cut by 15%.
In the long term, Pol Maj Gen Adul said the government should develop a better network of mass transit systems to help solve the problem. However, the public must be encouraged to use the mass transit systems through better “park and ride” management schemes.