Bangkok's deputy police chief has a set of proposals to make Bangkok traffic flow smoothly and quickly. (updated)
Please join us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bangkokpostlearning
If the Bangkok deputy police chief's proposals are implemented will city traffic look more like that in the photo on the left (by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) or on the right (by Kosol Nakachol)?
Wednesday morning update: After taking a storm of criticism from Bangkok car owners through the social media Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak now says his proposal to increase annual registration fees on vehicles more than 10 years old is not urgent
Fee hike looms for old vehicles
Adul pushes bold plan to relieve city snarl-ups
Owners of vehicles more than 10 years old could face a hefty increase in registration fees under a proposal to relieve traffic congestion.
Under the proposal unveiled by deputy city police chief Adul Narongsak, older vehicles registered in Bangkok would be subject to the same fees as new models.
Currently, the annual fees come down as the vehicle gets older.
The plan is aimed at easing traffic congestion in the city, as older vehicles are more likely to break down.
Pol Maj Gen Adul disclosed his traffic plan at the Metropolitan Police Bureau Monday.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said: "Many older vehicles will often break down on roads due to their poor condition This causes traffic congestion.
"If the owners want to continue using old vehicles, they will be charged higher registration fees "
He said he hoped that those who choose to continue running older vehicles will keep them in good condition to ensure they run well and are safe to drive.
The deputy metropolitan police chief said the new fees would not apply outside Bangkok.
According to the Department of Land Transport, 8.4 million vehicles were registered in Bangkok from 1999 to September this year. Of this figure, 5.8 million vehicles were more than 10 years old when they were registered.
Pol Maj Gen Adul did not say when the proposed new registration fees would come into effect
He said police also intend to immediately remove illegally parked vehicles during rush hours or those in the path of royal motorcades
Currently, wheel clamps are placed on illegally parked vehicles, but Pol Maj Gen Adul said removing them with tow trucks would be a better option
Clamped vehicles worsen congestion as motorists have to travel to police stations to pay fines before the vehicles can be freed, he said.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said police are already authorised under sections 57 and 59 of the Traffic Act to tow away illegally parked vehicles, but the measure is not currently enforced.
Pol Maj Gen Adul said the tow-truck measure would come into practice early next month, pending support from the Ministry of Transport and other state agencies.
Owners of vehicles which are towed away will be fined 500 baht for violating the parking ban, 500 baht for the removal fee and 200 baht for the daily care of towed vehicles, he said.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau plans a raft of projects to relieve traffic congestion in Bangkok.
As well as the hike in registration fees for older vehicles and the removal of illegally parked vehicles, city police propose to launch a campaign against drink-driving, and better manage traffic in flooded areas and around sites staging major events such as festivals
They also plan to introduce an electronic fine system for traffic law violations and set up a Bangkok traffic court
Other proposals include improving traffic control centres and staggering school and office hours, and implementing traffic relief measures on 10 heavily congested roads.
The roads are Lat Phrao, Rama IV, Sukhumvit, Ratchadaphisek, Ramkhamhaeng, Phahon Yothin, Sathon Nua, Ratchadamnoen Klang, Phetchaburi and Vibhavadi Rangsit.
Learn from listening
Click "play" to listen to Bangkok traffic to get better? and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี
apply: to concern or relate to somebody/something - ทำให้เกี่ยวข้องกับ, ทำให้มีผลต่อ
authorised: given official permission to do something or for something to happen - ได้รับอนุญาต
bold: confident and unafraid of risk - มั่นใจ กล้าเผชิญอันตราย
come into effect: to begin to be used - เริ่มใช้
come into practice: to be implemented; to come into use - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
condition: the physical state of a person, animal, thing or place - สภาพ
court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
disclose: to give information to people - เปิดเผย
enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
fee: an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something - ค่าธรรมเนียม
festival: an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity - เทศกาล
fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
hefty: large; expensive - หนัก,ใหญ่, แพง
hike: an increase - การเพิ่มสูงขึ้น
illegally: in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที
implement: to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
intend: to plan to do; to want to happen - ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
launch: to start a new public service - เริ่มโครงการ, เริ่มต้น
loom : seeming likely to happen soon - จวนจะเกิดอยู่แล้ว, ใกล้จะมาถึง, ที่เห็นลางๆ
measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ
metropolitan police: the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล
motorcade: a group of cars traveling with someone very important - ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)
option: a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation - ทางเลือก
pending: waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
proposal: a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ
raft: a large number or amount of something - จำนวนมาก
registration: the process of recording names or information on an official list - การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
relief: help for improving a bad physical condition or a bad situation - การผ่อนคลาย, การบรรเทา
relieve: to help improve a bad situation - ผ่อนคลาย, บรรเทา
remove: to take something away - เอาออกจาก
rush hour: a time of the day when large number of people are either going to or coming from work - ช่วงเวลาเร่ิงด่วน (อันที่จริงในภาษาไทยที่ดีไม่มีคำว่า ช่วงเวลาเร่งด่วน คำนี้ควรกล่าวว่า ช่วงเวลาที่มีการสัญจรไปมามากกว่าช่วงเวลาอื่น)
site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
snarl-up: congestion, a traffic jam, filled with vehicles so traffic can't move - การจราจรติดขัด
social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
stagger: to arrange for events that would normally happen at the same time to start or happen at different times -
state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ
storm: a situation in which a lot of people suddenly express very strong feelings about something - การแสดงออกอย่างรุนแรง, อารมณ์ที่แสดงออกอย่างรุนแรง
subject to: affected by - ได้รับผล
tow truck: a truck that is used for taking cars away, usually to be repaired when they have had a breakdown - รถลาก
transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
unveil: to announce something that was not known before - เปิดเผยข้อมูล
urgent: needing to be dealt with immediately - ที่เร่งด่วน
violation: the breaking of a rule or a law - การฝ่าฝืน
wheel clamp: a device that is attached to the wheel of a car that has been parked illegally, so that it cannot be driven away เครื่องมือที่ทำให้ติดแน่นเข้าด้วยกัน - เครื่องมือที่ทำให้ติดแน่นเข้าด้วยกัน
Latest stories in this category:
- Military leaders not taking sides
- Impressive opening for SEA Games
- Thailand's dilemma
- Protests: Orders from Suthep
- Protests: "Final push" not yet final
- What will happen next in Thai politics? (from the editorial pages)
- Protests: Marching day, PM dissolves parliament
- Protests: “Final battle” starts tomorrow