Bangkok’s Deputy Governor said he received approval from the metropolitan administration to increase fines for motorcyclists who ride on the sidewalks from 1,000 baht to 2,000 baht from next month
He is dissatisfied that a number of motorcyclists still use footpaths despite the existing penalty of 1000 baht. The administration said they are preparing an application for mobile phones so that citizens could send photos of violators and help identify illegal motorcyclists.
Motorcycles continue to be a popular way to reach busy areas of Bangkok, but motorcyclists often walk on footpaths, putting pedestrians at risk. Many businesses also hire motorcyclists to deliver their goods, which has also led to an increase in the number of motorcycles throughout the city. And most of the time, these people are in a hurry, so they choose the least busy routes.
It is reported that violators have brought 11 million baht to the treasury over the past year. Of the 20,659 registered motorcyclists, 14,678 are traveling along the country’s roads.
Source: The Thaiger. Translation: Anna Boyko