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The parking of vehicles on roads in front of shopping malls in the busy financial district of Bangkok will no longer be tolerated, police have warned.
Pol.Lt.Gen. Rueangsak Jarit-Ake, assistant to the chief of the Royal Thai Police, said in a ceremony to mark the beginning of the crackdown that the police have received numerous complaints about cab drivers and tuk-tuk drivers who caused traffic jams in front of these shopping malls by parking their vehicles on the roadside as they hawk their service to tourists.
The problem appears to be particularly widespread in Pathum district, where famous shopping malls such as MBK and Central World Plaza are located, said Pol.Lt.Gen. Rueangsak, but added that the police will also be on the lookout for such offences in other districts of Bangkok, including the road in front of Don Mueang Airport.
“We have arranged traffic police to swiftly regulate the parking of these buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, and other vehicles for the sake of public orderliness,” Pol.Lt.Gen. Rueangsak told reporters, “We want to provide convenience to the people”.
He added that any violation will be strictly punished, and said that the police will evaluate the success of their operation in the next 15 days.