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19 illegally parked cars were towed away by city police yesterday and the number should rise next month when the new towing programme expands to 50 routes. 

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Bangkok city police began their campaign against illegally-parked cars yesterday with a show of force at the Royal Plaza. APICHIT JINAKUL

A motorist tries to avoid police scrutiny this morning by parking his/her vehicle on a footpath next to Petchaburi road. That is illegal too. SEKSAN ROJANAMAKUL

19 illegally parked cars towed


A total of 19 illegally parked vehicles were hauled off the roads of Bangkok by police on Monday under a stringent new policy aimed at alleviating traffic jams in the city.

Assistant to the national police chief Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak Jaritake said two cars were towed away to Phayathai police station, two to Bang Sue, three to Phahonyothin, one to Lumpini, one to Khlong Tan, one to Thung Maha Mek, one to Thonglor, two to Pathumwan, and six to Talad Plu.

The enforcers of the policy consist of 400 city traffic policemen, 100 road patrol volunteers, and 100 municipal police officers, Pol Lt Gen Ruangsak said, adding that police have 94 tow trucks at the ready.

The first victim of the tough new law was a black pickup truck parked illegally in front of the Civil Court on Ratchadapisek Road, which was hauled off to Phahonyothin police station at around 9am.

From Monday onwards, cars parked illegally on 10 congested roads in the capital’s busiest areas will be towed away to local police stations, and it will cost owners 1,000 baht to reclaim their vehicles.

The roads include Lat Phrao, Rama 4, Sukhumvit, Ratchadaphisek, Ramkhamhaeng, Phahon Yothin, Kaset- Nawamin, Sathorn, Ratchadamnoen, Phetchaburi and Vibhavadi-Rangsit.

A tow-truck from Bang Sue police station tows a car after it is found parked illegally under Ari BTS Station on Phahon Yothin Road on Monday. APICHIT JINAKUL

According to the deputy Bangkok police chief supervising traffic Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, the new parking law will come into effect across 50 more routes in November and then later on all roads in the capital.

Previously, police would clamp illegally parked vehicles and motorists would have to pay a 500 baht fine to have it removed.

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alleviate: to make something less painful, severe, or serious - ทำให้บรรเทา ทำให้น้อยลง

assistant: a person who helps or supports somebody, usually in their job - ผู้ช่วย

avoid: to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

campaign: a series of actions intended to produce political or social change - การรณรงค์

capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

clamp: to hold something tightly, or fasten two things together, with a clamp (a device that is attached to the wheel of a car that has been parked illegally, so that it cannot be driven away) - หนีบไว้,จับไว้, ล็อคล้อ

come into effect: to begin to be used - เริ่มใช้

congested: too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties - แน่นขนัด

consist of: to be made of or formed from something - ประกอบด้วย

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

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

fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ

haul: to pull something heavy slowly and with difficulty - ลาก

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

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

municipal: of a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล

onwards: continuing from a particular time - ต่อมา

previous: happening or existing before the event or object that you are talking about - แต่ก่อน, เมื่อก่อน

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

remove: to take something away - เอาออกจาก

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

scrutiny: careful examination of someone or something - การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียดถี่ถ้วน

stringent: (of a rule, law, etc.) very strict and that must be obeyed - เข้มงวด

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

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

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

victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

volunteer: someone who is not paid for the work that they do - อาสาสมัคร

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