The Royal Thai Police has issued an order prohibiting heavy trucks to run on some sections of three main highways where traffic will be very congested during the upcoming Songkran festival next week.
However oil trucks, cold storage trucks with seafood cargo, and trucks with farm product cargo, will be exempted.
The ban on heavy trucks having 10 wheels up came after the government has ordered all related state agencies to tighten up measures to ensure safe travelling and to facilitate travellers during the festival from April 11-17.
In responding to the government’s order, the Royal Thai Police will ban 10-wheel trucks from running on three major routes to the Northeast to facilitate exodus of travelers returning homes in the provinces.
Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepjamnong, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said 10-wheel tracks or more will be prohibited on three highways – Mitrapharp or Friendship Highway at Lamtaklong, Highway 304 from Kabinburi to Pak Thongchai, and Highway 348 from Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo to Buriram.
However, trucks carrying petrol, farm products and seafood will be exempt from the ban.
The deputy spokesman said further that other logistics operators who really need to use heavy trucks on the routes during the period can seek permission in advance on a case by case basis from police stations in the five provinces, where the ban will be imposed.
The measure will alleviate traffic problems caused by construction and bottlenecks on roads, he said.
Moreover, the government will ease its ban to allow Songkran revelers to ride in the back of pickup trucks in the water-playing zones, so they can enjoy splashing water joyously.
However, the drivers must not travel over the speed limit. Alcohol tests will be conducted for drivers to prevent road accidents, he said.