Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Tuesday that he was willing to take the consequences if traffic condition in Bangkok has not improved since the police have stepped up efforts to solve traffic congestion in 21 main roads.
From his own observation, he claimed that his travelling time by car in the city had been shortened by between 10-20 minutes.
I can assure you that within seven days, traffic condition will improve, said the deputy prime minister who was assigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to improve traffic condition in Bangkok.
He challenged the media to measure the travelling time they spent on any of the 21 roads compared to the time they used to spend on the same roads to find out there is any difference. However, he admitted that traffic would be as bad as it used to be if it was raining because drivers themselves would drive slower.
The deputy prime minister asked the media to praise the authorities concerned if they could improve traffic condition instead of criticizing them all the time.
He also warned that, from now on, any motorists who refuse to pay their traffic tickets could be fined four times the normal amount of fine and they would not be allowed to extend their license plates if they did not pay the traffic tickets.
Also, motorists will, in the future, be given lectures on social awareness on the use of roads to help ease traffic problem, said the deputy prime minister.c
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)