The Metropolitan Police is mulling plans to limit the number of vehicles in Bangkok by imposing a ban on old cars.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Chief Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak revealed the initiative as part of 16 urgent measures to tackle traffic congestion in the capital.

Cars between seven and ten years old will be prohibited from travelling in Bangkok and owners will be forced to pay higher fees for older cars. Pol Maj Gen Adul said the ban, which will be applicable to only Bangkok, will soon be proposed to the government for consideration.

Other measures include stringent crackdown on illegally-parked vehicles and drunk driving, solutions to chronic flood problems on several roads, the setting up of a traffic court and the use of closed circuit cameras and other technologies to deter traffic violations.