National police chief: traffic condition has improved in city

Traffic condition in Bangkok has improved with motorists being able to shorten their normal travelling time by car by between 30-45 minutes on average, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, the national police chief, claimed on Monday after ten days of campaign launched by the police to solve traffic congestion problem in the city.

During the first ten days of the campaign, police have undertaken several steps to speed up traffic flow which include demolishing road islands in some of the 21 main roads, dismantling circles on Parnpipob, Rajdamnoen, Pracharath 1 and Na Ranong intersection to open up more road space.

The national police chief said authorities concerned would meet this Wednesday to discuss measures to improve traffic condition in other roads besides the 21 main roads.

For instance, the Lat Phrao road, he indicated that police would rearrange the hours to allow cars to make U-turns while enforcement of traffic regulations would be tightened up especially against road parking.

The national police chief hinted that he might propose the prime minister to invoke Section 44 to introduce more stringent measures to improve traffic flow if traffic condition has not improved.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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