Starting on Tuesday, all passenger vans that shuttle between Bangkok and upcountry provinces within 300-km radius from the capital will have to park at three designated bus terminals in accordance with their routes with defying operators and drivers facing tough punitive actions, said Mr Sanit Promwong, director-general of Land Transport Department.
The three bus terminals are the Chatuchak or Morchit which is designated for passenger vans shuttling between Bangkok and northern, northeastern and central provinces, southern of Pinklao terminal for vans travelling between Bangkok and southern provinces and Ekamai terminal for vans shuttling between Bangkok and eastern provinces.
Sanit said that the Chatuchak terminal can accommodate up to 2,046 passenger vans while the Pinklao and Ekamai can accommodate up to 1,617 and 542 vans respectively.
On top of that, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will provide free bus service to shuttle passengers from the Victory Monument to the three bus terminals on daily basis. Four operating centres have been set up at the three bus terminals and at the Victory Monument to monitor the services to make sure that they cater to the need of the passengers.
Bus terminals in the provinces operated by the state-run Transport Company are required to find space for the parking of passenger vans too, said Mr Sanit.
Passenger van operators or drivers who repeatedly do not obey the regulations laid down by the joint committee formed to resolve problems from passenger vans such as overcharging passengers or overloading their vehicles will have their operating licenses revoked.
Passengers can lodge their complaints by calling 1584 around the clock.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)