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Economic concerns put Bangkok’s ban on 10-wheel trucks on hold

Maya Taylor




Officials in Bangkok have decided to delay a proposed ban on 10 wheel trucks in light of the current economic challenges affecting the transportation and industrial sectors. The proposed ban was aimed at reducing PM2.5 air pollution in the capital and was expected to come into force from December 1 – 28.

Particulates – also known as atmospheric aerosol particles, atmospheric particulate matter, particulate matter (PM), or suspended particulate matter (SPM) – are microscopic particles of solid or liquid matter suspended in the air – Wikpedia

PM2.5 refers to particulate matter (solid and liquid particles) with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres that remain suspended in the air for longer. They can be the result of burning fuel and are the primary cause of smog.

Commenting on the decision to delay the ban indefinitely, Deputy National Police chief Damrongsak Kittipraphas says the relevant authorities agreed the timing is not right.

“The police have discussed with related agencies, including the Department of Industrial Promotion, Pollution Control Department, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Public Transport Association, and agreed to postpone the rule indefinitely. The members at the meeting were concerned that the rule could obstruct the operation of the industrial and transportation sectors that are starting to recover from the economic contraction. Therefore, the related agencies promised to study the issue thoroughly, as well as explore other options to prevent and reduce PM2.5 air pollution in Bangkok.”

However, Damrongsak says that from December 1, authorities in the capital will be clamping down on large polluting vehicles, adding that those emitting clouds of black smoke are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution.

“We will send officers to perform random checks at bus terminals and truck operation centres. The inspection will be recorded via video camera to ensure transparency of police work.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Yes the Thais will always put economic gain over health, environment, civil rights, forcing monkey to pick coconuts, and serving short measure in bars, especially to ferangs.

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    Jantima Markus

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Nothing is done… same as before. Same nonsense every year
    EVERY YEAR!!! Same thing
    No balls and no action is taken… Ever
    This is ridiculous and no way I will live in Bangkok any longer or make any investments there
    It’s a hazardous air quality there from November – March every year……
    Every year they say the same…. and nicer take any action to fix the root of the problem

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    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    And these are the brainiacs that want to add ANOTHER airport to Bangkok!!

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    Peter N

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Large diesel vehicles emitting clouds of black smoke are almost always due to the lack of proper maintenance. The problem can frequently be solved, or greatly improved by replacing or re-calibrating the fuel injectors. Calibration is generally an easy, cheap option and doesn’t require highly trained technical staff

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      Monday, December 14, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      Yes, but that costs money, to a Thai wagon owner unnessisary expence.

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    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Pathetic spineless leadership ! As Pollution levels rise in Bangkok December 11th

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