New traffic rules for Bangkok’s royal motorcades: police

The national police force has ordered new procedures to reduce the traffic misery caused by royal motorcades, crediting His Majesty the King for the changes.

Months after complaints about the traffic-stopping motorcades became a top-trending topic on Twitter, the Royal Thai Police today relaxed protocols to be followed for better traffic flow when VIPs are in transit.

The new regulations include allowing traffic in the opposite lane of the motorcade to flow as usual instead of closing both lanes. Vehicles will also be permitted to take U-turn bridges and ramps over passing motorcades.

Traffic cones will be placed, when possible, to provide a lane for the royal motorcade separate from other traffic.

According to government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat, the changes were made due to concern expressed by King Vajiralongkorn.


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