The Transport Ministry aims to target traffic congestion on specific troubled routes in Bangkok.
Speaking yesterday after a meeting about the capital's traffic headaches, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said the first targeted road is Rama IV.
He said urgent measures will be taken to ease the flow of traffic on the road within one week.
The targeted section of Rama IV runs from Hua Lamphong railway station to Kluai Nam Thai.
Focusing on congestion on one particular route will create results, Mr Chadchat said.
Most of the jams are caused by motorists' carelessness, he said. Motorists who triple-park and bus drivers who cut off other motorists to gain access to bridges or bus stops are major problems. Traffic tailbacks have also been spotted at the Easy Pass channel of the toll gate stretching onto Rama IV Road, Mr Chadchat said.
He would also ask the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to encourage public buses to stay off bridges, and would instruct traffic police to direct traffic in a way that opens up more space for buses. Police will also be told to strictly enforce traffic laws, he said.
Future targeted roads would include Phetchaburi Road, Vibhavadi Road, Chaeng Watthana Road and Ngam Wong Wan Road.
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