First vehicles towed away
- Published: 21 Oct 2013 at 11.00
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The driver of a car on Phetchaburi Road was the first to feel the sting on Monday, when police began towing away illegally parked vehicles under a tough new policy to releave traffic congestion in Bangkok.
The first illegally parked vehcile is towed away on Phetchaburi Road Monday morning, Oct 21, 2013 (Post Today photo).
The get-tough policy is intially being applied on 10 city roads.
Pol Maj Gen Jirasant Kaewsaengek, the city traffic police commander said the first car towed away was left in the care of Phayathai police station.
Each station will have its own officers patrolling the roads in its jurisdiction. If they find illegally parked vehicles they will arrange to have them towed away to an area near the police station.
A note will be left at the scene advising the driver where the vehicle has been taken. People can also call the hotline 1197 to inquire as to the whereabouts of their towed vehicle.
Pol Maj Gen Jirasant urged car owners to claim the vehicle within 24 hours. They would then have to pay only the 500 baht towing fee. Otherwise, an additional of 300 baht per day will be charged for a four-wheel vehicle.
The police will collect 1,000 baht for removing an illegally parked 10-wheeler, with 500 baht more a day as a storage charge.
If the owners do not claim their vehicle within three months, the police will auction it, deduct all charges outstanding from the proceeds and return the balance to the owner.
Later in the morning, Phahon Yothin police station removed another car from Ratchaphisek Road in front of the Criminal Court.
The 10 streets where the new policy is being applied immediately include: Lat Phrao Road from Lat Phrao intersection to Lam Sali intersection, Rama IV Road from Hua Lamphong intersection to its intersection with Sukhumvit Road, Ratchadaphisek Road and Phahon Yothin Road. The others are Vibhavadi Rangsit Road from Din Daeng intersection to Rangsit area, Sathon Road, Phetchaburi Road, Ramkhamhaeng Road, Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, and Ratchadamnoen Avenue.