Beginning next month, the Land Transport Department will begin to enforce Section 44 of the interim constitution with public transportation in its bid to lower fatality rate during the coming Songkran water festival which is normally high.
In the new regulations issued under Section 44, all passenger vans must be equipped with GPS navigation system by March 31, and their seats must be reduced to 14 from the previous 15.
The reduction of the seat will enable more space inside the passenger van and will facilitate passengers to get out of the van in case of accidents.
Besides, all seats must have seat belts.
All passengers and drivers must fasten seat or safety belts. Violated of safety belt rules is subject to a 5,000 baht fine.
Acting director of the Transport Company Pol Gen Amnart Unartngam said the people are expected to travel out of the capital to celebrate the Songkran festival during April 10 � 12, and return during April 17-20.
He said the company will add another 1,615 trips per day from 5,986 to 7,601 trips to cope with expected rush for travels during the period.
He said the company could transport 180,000 passengers per day.
He also warned pool bus companies not to sell bus tickets outside the normal ticketing counters at the bus terminals, and avoid selling overpriced tickets, or else they will be fined 5,000 baht.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)