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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration threatened Wednesday to slap a Bt3,000 fine on motorcyclists who are caught repeatedly violating the ban on riding on sidewalks.
During a meeting of chiefs of BMA regulations enforcement divisions from all 50 Bangkok districts, BMA deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul instructed the heads of the divisions to deploy officials to strictly enforce the ban.
The offices were told to raise the fine from Bt2,000 to Bt3,000 if motorists are caught repeatedly violating the ban.
Jirawat Paengma, chief of the BMA’s City Regulations Enforcement Department, reported to the meeting that 21,755 motorcyclists were arrested from July 9 last year to August 19 this year for riding on sidewalks in 50 districts. The BMA collected Bt12.59 million as fines from them.
Sakoltee told the meeting that he has visited Wang Thong Lang, Watthana, ChatuchakHuai Khwang, , Pom Prab, Bang Khen, Bang Kapi, Bueng Kum, and Lat Phrao districts to observe the enforcement of the ban.
Sakoltee said he would re-visit the spots where the BMA has received complaints about motorcyclists riding on sidewalks. He said a lot of complaints were filed against motorcyclists in the Udom Suk and Ramkhamhaeng areas.