Government calls meeting to discuss safety measures during Songkran festival

In wake of the upcoming Songkran festival when millions of people will be travelling during the long holidays, the government was planning to roll out several measures to ensure that they will enjoy the celebration safely.

A meeting was called yesterday (April 2) with several government agencies in preparation for the long holiday during Songkran.

Chairing the meeting was Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon.

At the meeting, Gen Prawit stressed the need to provide the greatest degree of convenience for the public while at the same time ensuring the highest level of safety in particular involving traffic accidents.

As part of the measures, law enforcement officials were ordered to make sure that large lorries and trucks are forbidden to run on main highways.

Officers were instructed that drunk drivers will not only be fined but will also have their vehicles seized.

With regards to concerns over the safety of double-decker buses that was raised following the recent accidents involving such vehicles, Gen Prawit stated that they will be allowed to run on certain routes after passing stringent tests with the Land Transport Department.

Now there are 900 double-deckers qualified to transport passengers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)