BMA to district offices: Enforce law banning vehicles from parking, driving on sidewalks
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered district offices to enforce the law banning vehicles from parking or driving on sidewalks to protect residents and property, and instructed City Law Enforcement officers to patrol the area.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Sakontee Pattiyakul said on Wednesday that the City Law Enforcement Department had always been committed to upholding the law. However, officers have had to recently assist in missions related to the Covid-19 crisis and were therefore unable to nab violators, leading to an increase in offences.
Now that the Covid-19 situation has improved, the department has had discussions with the Royal Thai Police to help in enforcing the law.
Sakontee said citizens could assist officers by sending in any evidence of offences via the website www.bangkok.go.th/reward, Line account ebn6703w, the City Law Enforcement Department’s Facebook page, or directly at the district offices. He added that citizens would receive half of the fine as a reward.
Meanwhile, Facebook group ‘Chae Chiang Mai V2’ (แฉเฉียงใหม่ V2) posted a photo of a Bhubing Rajanives police car parked on the sidewalk near Chiang Mai University’s Convention Centre on Tuesday morning.
The post asked Provincial Police Region 5 commissioner Pol Lt-General Piya Tavichai to find out if the police were violating the law or not.
On Wednesday, Bhubing Rajanives police superintendent Pol Colonel Manuschai In-thuean ordered an investigation and found that Pol Lt-Colonel Phuwadol Kantha was the driver of the car. Phuwadol admitted that he was ordered by his supervisor to buy supplies for the police station so he parked the car on the sidewalk.
Phuwadol was fined THB500 and will be disciplined.