Illegal van drivers reopen road
- Published: 30 Oct 2013 at 19.45
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AYUTTHAYA ― Operators of illegal passenger vans, who closed Phahon Yothin Road with their vehicles in Wang Noi district to demand police delay a crackdown on them, agreed to reopen the road after a senior official promised to discuss their demand with police.
More than 200 owners of the so-called "black plate" vans, mostly from northeastern provinces, blocked the inbound express lanes of the road at kilometre marker 55 near the Bang Pa-in eastern ring road since early afternoon, causing traffic to back up for more than 10 kilometres.
The protesters wanted police to put a temporary brake on their planned crackdown on black plate vans nationwide on Friday, and allow them to partially resume services on a chartered basis. They also wanted the government to legalise their service.
The group dispersed at about 6.30pm after Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, deputy director-general of the Land Transport Department, pledged to propose and discuss their demands with police officers and Transport Minister Chadchart Suttipunt.
Wuthipat Kongman, president of Van Federation of Thailand, threatened to return and block the road again if the Land Transport Department failed to fulfill its promise.
Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, deputy chief of the Land Transport Department, talks to operators of illegal passenger vans who blocked a section of Phahon Yothin Road in Ayutthaya for hours on Wednesday. (Photos by Sunthorn Pongpao)