AYUTTHAYA ― More than 200 operators of illegal passenger vans on Wednesday closed the inbound express lanes of Phahon Yothin Road at kilometre marker 55 with their vehicles in Wang Noi district, demanding police delay their crackdown on them and that the government legalise their service.
Legal public vans have yellow plates.
The protesters, members of the Isan Van Operators group, said authorities had ignored their earlier request that police postpone the nationwide crackdown on black plate van drivers on Friday, and allow them to partially resume services on a chartered basis.
They also wanted the government to legalise their livelihoods.
The road blockade began about 1pm and reportedly caused traffic to back up for more than 10 kilometres.
The group said they would not disperse unless their demands were met. Officials were trying to get them to reopen the road.
The protesters demanded talks with Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok only, and they would not end the road block if they don't get to negotiate with him.
Operators of illegal passenger vans block the inbound express lanes of Phahon Yothin Road in Ayutthaya on Wednesday. They demand police delay their crackdown on them. (Photos by Sunthorn Pongpao)
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