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Bangkok to Rein in Illegal Billboards
By Sasiwan Mokkhasen
Staff Reporter

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Photo: Matichon

BANGKOK — Large and small, they lean from every perch in the capital city, but now City Hall vows to enforce regulations on the innumerable advertisements found in public spaces.

Part of its ongoing “reorganization” of Bangkok that has cleared out street markets and phone booths, city officials vowed Thursday to get rid of all the illegal advertisements and reorganize 74,000 existing ads, from small signs to enormous LED screens.

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1460872489&typecate=06&section=

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-- Khaosod English 2016-04-18

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Great! But i only believe it when i see it.

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No sign stays in place for long in Bangkok without payment to the local Tessakit. Either they are being bypassed, or this is just an excuse to wring some more money out of the sign owners. Like Khun Thian, I hope it happens but will believe it when I see it.

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Unless of course the owners of said signs are willing to "rent" space from officials.

I firmly believe Thailand deserved the distinction of The Hub of "to" e.g. govt "to" police "to" .

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Seems we heard this before on more than one occasion yet there never seems any difference.

Another ' vow ' that will go nowhere because there's other considerations in play

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Do these officials never get tired of spouting nonsense??

As we all know it will never happen.

Too many people getting kickbacks.

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Here we go again.

The major crack down on billboards in Bkk has happened (actually didn't happen) at least 5 times in the last 20 years.

Sack the governor.

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I also think there's far too much advertisings in the bts...why not show even more ad's in the bts but make it free of charge?

That will serious help the BKK-traffic and lower the deathly roadaccident-numbers.

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Are these the same billboards that were "reined in" 5 years ago? Or 10 years ago? or those of 15 years ago? Rubbish. It's just City Hall pretending they're doing something. Unfortunately many still believe what officials/politicians say.

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Whats the issue with billboards after all everyone who is walking is looking for a way to negotiate their way along sidewalks cluttered with vendors, parked motorbikes, broken concrete or open drainage grates. Anyone looking up while driving will surely hit the idiot on the motorbike driving the wrong way against the traffic....

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Another day, another crackdown. Nothing will change.

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Are these the same billboards that were "reined in" 5 years ago? Or 10 years ago? or those of 15 years ago? Rubbish. It's just City Hall pretending they're doing something. Unfortunately many still believe what officials/politicians say.

Also in the picture many officials frightened to do their jobs, told to back off by powerful ruthless politicians (read mafia).

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"The main problem for the city are owners who stealthily put up such billboards or signs at night and then ignore orders to remove them."

No, the main problem is not enforcing the law and jailing those who ignore orders to remove them.

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Perhaps if those who levy the exorbitant charges to display signage and the adverting companies who rent out the structures in and around BKK were a bit more reasonable in their charges this could be resolved?. Companies who do not have billion Baht adverting budgets would also be able to afford to rent space and the number of the trashy banners could be reduced. Thai street scapes are a morass of advertising and telecommunication wiring crap

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