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Bangkok (VNA) - Motorcyclists caught driving on Bangkok’s footpaths will face a fine of 2,000 baht (65USD), an increase from 1,000 baht, starting on Aug 1, deputy city governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said on July 25.

Enforcement of the existing rate of 1,000 baht had failed to reduce the number of motorcyclists travelling on footpaths, he said.

The law enforcement department had been assigned to work with the strategy and evaluation department and create a mobile phone app for checking records of motorcyclists using footpaths.

From July 9 last year to July 21 this year, a total of 20,659 motorcyclists had been caught travelling on footpaths. Of these, 4,197 were given warnings and 14,878 would face legal action. The remaining 1,784 were already in legal proceedings.

Fines amounting to 11,179,500 baht had been collected, Thai media reported.
The Thai Government has set a target of reducing deaths of traffic accident to lower than 20 out of 100,000 people in 2020.-VNA