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Bangkok: Returning the sidewalks to the people - drivers/riders fined 21.5 million in 18 months

 

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A meeting of municipal workers in Bangkok was told that more than 21.5 million baht in fines has been collected from motorcyclists and car drivers illegally using the sidewalks of the city to park, drive and ride. 

 

It is all part of the authorities plans to return the capital's sidewalks to the people, reported Daily News.

 

A first meeting of tessakit officials in 2020 chaired by deputy governor Sakonthee Patthiyakun heard that the crackdown on motorcyclists in particular was a real cash cow for the authorities. 

 

From the 9th of July 2018 to 19th January 2020 there had been 28,775 cases that resulted in 3,875 warnings and 22,093 prosecutions. A further 2,084 are in progress. 

 

Fines collected were 21,519,700 baht. 

 

Since January first 821,500 baht has been collected in fines in 408 cases. Of these 378 were regular members of the public, 20 were motorcycle taxi riders and 10 were Grab riders. 

 

In addition illegal roadside signage is netting the authorities plenty in fines. From May 2018 to now 3,405 fines were issued resulting in 10,844,400 baht for the city's coffers. 

 

Fines for illegal signage this year alone totalled 127,100 baht. 

 

Measures to stop taxi ranks using footpaths are continuing with 299 out of 1,255 having so far been found alternative places to set up their operations. 

 

Picture: Daily News

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

In addition illegal roadside signage is netting the authorities plenty in fines.

What type of signs might this be?

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If they are making so much money, why aren’t they ramping up enforcement on all other crimes?   Besides a few road blocks, I have never seen the police stop anyone for anything ever 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Bangkok: Returning the sidewalks to the people - drivers/riders fined 21.5 million in 18 months

A nice little earner for the Bib.... 

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Ya OK  so does this mean I'm safe to walk down the sidewalk now and not get pushed over or have to look over my shoulder before a motosy runs me down ?  Doubt it

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put CCTV at every red light... most asswipes they can run a red one, while people try to cross

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5 minutes ago, justin case said:

put CCTV at every red light... most asswipes they can run a red one, while people try to cross

Crosswalks and pedestrians mean absolutely nothing to them because only going forward is all that matters. 

I'll never forget riding in the passenger seat with a few woman drivers and they scared the <deleted> out of me because I thought for sure they were going to nail someone either in a crosswalk or simply just walking down the road.

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Well in Chinatown they still drive their old anitque smoking Vespa scooter through the crowds on the sidewalks or markets....

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Well, if there have been 28,775 cases I would suggest that their 'campaign' is a total failure as far as preventing the crime, and simply a nice little earner. That, to the Thais. would be priorities in the correct order though. Money first, crime prevention second.

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Scepticism yet again.

Why would fines 'be put to good use '? Fines are imposed as a punishment, which is a good use in my opinion. I know of no other jurisdiction that 'puts fines to good use'.

Fines collected come to some 21.5 million. A huge sum, and salutary and punitive and having an affect.

This article is being used to tell people, use the footpaths to ride on or drive on and get caught, you pay.

Good for them, I say.

 

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