Children not packed like sardines, driver claims

Following complaints made after an image circulated showing about 20 children crammed into a school bus last week, police Friday said the students were just playing around.

After police tracked the vehicle from its license plate, van driver Wirat, whose last name was withheld, reported to police Thursday and claimed there were only 12 students in the van. All of them, he said, decided to gather their backpacks and cram onto the back seat to play.

The name of the school was withheld.

Wirat added he tried to warn the children, but they did not listen.

In the end, he was fined THB1,000 for not registering the van as a school bus, MThai reported.

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