Traffic conditions around Bangkok’s Victory Monument have eased since authorities relocated the passenger van pickup points to other areas.
Director General of the Land Transport Department Sanit Promwong said on Wednesday that the initiative to bring order to the passenger van business, aimed at operators transporting commuters to areas within a distance of 300 kilometers from Bangkok, has been well-received.
Under the initiative, passenger van services have been moved to three locations: the Mochit northeastern bus terminal, the Southern bus terminal and the Ekamai eastern bus terminal.
Sanit said that, after the relocation, officials have been going out to offer information on the changes to travelers while performing a daily assessment of the situation in order to make sure that traffic congestion around the Victory Monument is alleviated.
He added that authorities stand ready to punish any passenger van operators, who refuse to act in accordance with the new rules, with harsh legal penalties, reported Thai News Bureau.
Nevertheless, Sanit said that the initiative has already lowered the number of accidents involving passenger vans, and traffic in the vicinity of Victory Monument is lighter.