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Towing cars to reduce Bangkok traffic jams

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Illegally parked cars to be towed to get cars moving quickly on Bangkok streets. Vendors blocking footpaths to be removed. 

A traffic jam in Bangkok. (Source: Wikipedia)


Illegally parked cars to be towed away


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Starting next Monday, cars parked illegally on congested roads in metropolitan Bangkok will be towed away to areas near local police stations, and it will cost owners 1,000 baht to reclaim their vehicle.

Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy Bangkok police chief supervising traffic, said on Wednesday that enforcement of the new regulation will ease traffic problems.

It will initially be applied on 10 heavily congested roads from Oct 21 -- Lat Phrao, Rama 4, Sukhumvit, Ratchadaphisek, Ramkhamhaeng, Phahon Yothin-Kaset Nawamin, Sathorn, Ratchadamnoen, Phetchaburi and Vibhavadi-Rangsit.

The new penalties will then be enforced on 50 more routes in November and then later on all roads in the capital, he said.

At the moment, policemen put wheel clamps on illegally parked cars and motorists have to pay 500 baht fines to have them removed..

Towing the vehicles away will  help open up lanes during rush hours, reducing traffic jams in Bangkok. Police will assess the effectiveness of the scheme every three months, he said.

Pol Maj Gen Adul said the tow trucks to be used will be revealed at Victory Monument on Friday at 1pm.

Officers will demonstrate procedures that they will use to tow away illegally parked cars,  so people will understand their vehicles will not be damaged.

Some of the tow trucks have been provided by the state and others by private companies, he added.

Last week, Transport Ministry permanent secretary Somchai Siriwatanachoke said the measure will be strictly imposed and no vehicles will be spared if they are parked in banned areas.

"Officials will tow them away immediately to prevent traffic congestion. This can be done around  the clock in heavily congested areas," Mr Somchai said.

Officials will also tackle street vendors who obstruct traffic flow or occupy footpaths in a way that forces people to walk on the road, he said.

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around the clock: doing something 24 hours a day; 24/7; doing all day and all night -

assess: to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์

at the moment: at this time; now - ขณะนี้, ตอนนี้, เวลานี้

banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้าม

congested: too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties - แน่นขนัด

demonstrate: to show something and explain how it works - สาธิต

effectiveness: the ability to produce the result that is intended - ประสิทธิผล

enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม

flow: continuous movement, in this case, of traffic - การไหล

footpath: a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน

illegally: in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย

immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น

law enforcement: the process of making sure that people obey the law - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย

measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ

metropolitan: relating to a large city - เกี่ยวกับเมืองใหญ่

motorist: a person driving a car or other motor vehicle - คนขับรถยนต์, ผู้ขับรถ

obstruct: to make it difficult for something to happen or for someone or something to go somewhere - ขวางทาง

occupy: to fill, exist in, or use a place or period of time - ครอง

official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่

parking area: a place where motor vehicles, aircraft, etc. are parked - ลานจอด

parking lot: parking lot a place where motor vehicles are parked - ลานจอดรถ, ที่จอดรถ

penalty: a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ

private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน

procedure: a way of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ

reclaim: to take back something that was yours - เรียกกลับคืน, เอากลับ

reveal: to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย

route: the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง

rush hour: a time of the day when large number of people are either going to or coming from work - ช่วงเวลาเร่ิงด่วน (อันที่จริงในภาษาไทยที่ดีไม่มีคำว่า ช่วงเวลาเร่งด่วน  คำนี้ควรกล่าวว่า ช่วงเวลาที่มีการสัญจรไปมามากกว่าช่วงเวลาอื่น)

scheme: a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest - แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)

spare: to prevent someone from having to experience something unpleasant - ละเว้น, งดเว้น, ยกโทษให้,อภัยโทษ

strictly: completely - อย่างเข้มงวด

supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม

tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with a problem - จัดการกับปัญหา

tow: to pull a vehicle or boat by fixing it to the back of a another vehicle or boat - ลากจูง

tow truck: a truck that is used for taking cars away, usually to be repaired when they have had a breakdown - รถลาก

traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร

traffic congestion: roads that are very crowded with vehicles - รถติด

traffic jam: roads that are very crowded with vehicles - รถติด

traffic violation: when someone breaks the law while driving a car or truck, such as speeding, not stopping at a red light or at a stopsign or driving dangerously...etc - การฝ่าฝืนกฎจราจร

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย

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