Increased Fine for Riding Motorbikes on Sidewalks; in Bangkok that Is!

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has instructed its officials to enforce higher fines for motorcyclists who ride and park on sidewalks starting next month.

BMA deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul held a meeting with the chief of the BMA’s Regulation Enforcement Department and chiefs of the regulation enforcement divisions in all districts on Tuesday to instruct them to strictly enforce the new fine with effect from August 1st.

Sakoltee said although the BMA has been fining motorcyclists B1,000 for riding and park on sidewalks, they continued to violate the regulations so the BMA decided to double the fine to Bt2,000 from August 1.

Sakoltee said he has assigned the enforcement department to develop an app to allow city enforcers to know whether certain motorcyclists have repeatedly broken the rules..

According to Sakoltee, 20,659 motorcyclists were arrested for riding on sidewalks between July 9 2018 and July 21 2019. The officials reprimanded 4,197 of them and took legal action against the rest. The city administration collected Bt11.179 million during the same period.