View Full Version : Thailand DLT Control of Vans Overloaded with Passengers

Kanok Karn
8th August 2011, 10:30
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has stepped up its control of public vans in a bid to prevent improper modifications to their seating for accommodating more passengers than allowed.

DLT Deputy Director-General Asathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket indicated that since more people were using public vans in their daily commute, many van operators had opted to modify their vehicles by adding extra seats, which was against the law, in order to be able to transport more passengers at one time. Some vans even allow passengers to stand when there are no vacant seats.

Therefore, the DLT has already ordered more stringent watch over public vans on the road, especially within Bangkok, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Sa Kaeo, where vans are a popular means of traveling. Those found with illegal adjustments on their vehicles will be subject to penalties.

Based on the DLTís survey during January-July this year, 749 vans out of 7,772 samples were not abiding by the departmentís regulation. 146 cases involved the driverís failure to carry a license and bad manner while 140 cases stemmed from changes of route without permission; both violations bear a penalty of not more than 5,000 THB in fine. 134 vans faced a fine of not more than 50,000 THB for not displaying details of the route and the fare rate while another 113 faced a fine of not more than 5,000 THB for modifying the vehicle, including adding more seats.

Mr Asathai insisted that all violators would be sternly dealt with from now on. He also encouraged van passengers to report reckless drivers to Hotline 1584, which is available around the clock