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'First-car scheme snarls traffic'

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The government's tax rebate for first-time car buyers has become one of the main causes of worsening traffic congestion in Bangkok, according to survey results released on Saturday by Nida Poll. 

Pollsters at the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) based the conclusion on interviews with 1,500 people, aged 18 up, from all education levels and occupations in Bangkok’s 50 districts, from Jan 17-19.

When asked about the root causes of traffic jams, 65.73% of the respondents pointed to the substantial increase in the number of new cars, boosted by the first-car programme.

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