A high level ministerial meeting was held on Thursday to inform police that they are to enforce the ban on people sitting in the back of pick-up’s over the New Year period.
The meeting was presided over by Prawit Wongsuwan and since the meeting orders have been issued to police chief Jakthip Chaijinda that the government expects officers to enforce the ban.
The issue was originally raised back during this year’s Songkran festival in April leading to government officials asking what measures have been taken towards the matter.
With the government stepping up efforts to reduce the number of deaths on Thai roads they are now calling for officers to enforce the ban.
The letter of the law states that people are not permitted to sit in the back of pick-up’s that are registered for the transportation of goods, though it is a common site on many Thai roads.
The law does not apply to licensed “song thaews” (baht buses.)
Many Thai citizens have been sharing the story online through fear of receiving fines over the New Year period.
Source: Thai Rath
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