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BMA ponders CCTV eyes for bikers using sidewalks

Nov 30. 2018
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By The Nation

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is considering using CCTV cameras to catch motorcyclists who mount sidewalks so that traffic tickets can be mailed to their homes.

BMA deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said the city didn’t have enough officials to monitor all pavements, so he’d assigned staff to determine how CCTV cameras might be used.

His comments came after a meeting about the problem on Thursday with officials of 50 Bangkok districts.

The meeting was called after a schoolgirl was struck and injured by a motorcyclist on a Lad Phrao Road sidewalk earlier this week.

Sakoltree said more than 10,000 motorcyclists were fined a combined Bt4 million in the past four months for riding on sidewalks.

The BMA will now increase the minimum fine from Bt500 to Bt1,000.

Sakoltree said the BMA’s 50,000 CCTV cameras were designed to maintain security, but not watch for motorcyclists breaking the law.

He said the Land Transport Department would have to be consulted as to how tickets could be automatically issued to offenders.

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