Public transport drivers to face harshest penalties

Public transport drivers to face harshest penalties

Crowds of revellers throng Mor Chit bus terminal on April 12 to wait for buses to their home provinces during the Songkran holidays. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)
Crowds of revellers throng Mor Chit bus terminal on April 12 to wait for buses to their home provinces during the Songkran holidays. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

The Department of Land Transport has threatened to impose the harshest penalties on public transport drivers for reckless driving, overcharging and being impolite after almost 100 complaints were lodged against them on April 12 alone.

Department director-general Teerapol Tavornsuppacharoen said on Saturday that many complaints were made about public transport drivers during the Songkran holidays. On Friday alone, the department’s hotline 1584 received 93 complaints against drivers of public transport vehicles. 

Most complaints were about reckless driving, overcharging passengers and being impolite, said Mr Teerapol.  

The department was looking into the complaints and would impose the harshest penalties on drivers if found guilty.

Officials were sent to keep watch on public transport drivers at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak) and BTS Mor Chit Skytrain station on Saturday and found two taxi drivers refusing passengers and two others  using vehicles with expired registrations.

He urged people to alert land transport officials about public transport problems via the 1584 hotline around the clock.

To reduce road accidents during Songkran, officials had inspected 18,217 public buses at 195 bus terminals operating between Bangkok and the provinces to ensure the safety of passengers.   

The inspections, conducted on April 12, found three buses had some flaws that could affect road safety. Bus operators had been ordered to replace defective buses with new ones, said Mr Teerapol.

The department chief has threatened to revoke licences of van, taxi and motorcycle taxi drivers found to take advantage of passengers during Songkran.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (12)
TRENDING

US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan amid China tensions

TAIPEI: A US lawmaker delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day visit during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to come amid continued military tensions with the island's giant neighbour China.

20:10

Air force kicks off joint air force drills with China

Thailand and China kicked off a joint air force exercise on Sunday, the kingdom's military said, the first such drills in years following a pause forced by Covid-19.

18:13

Nitithorn shrugs off pressure to win International Series Singapore

Thailand's Nitithorn Thippong seized the initiative as his rivals faltered on Sunday, closing with a flawless three-under-par 69 to win the International Series Singapore.

17:58