There has been a lot in the news lately about ways to solve traffic problems in Bangkok. One traffic cop came up with the idea of banning older cars from entering Bangkok, or at least getting the drivers to pay the same tax as new cars if they live in Bangkok. Another idea was to charge per minute for the time your car is broken down and blocking the streets of Bangkok. Other new laws have also been discussed. In my opinion, this picture tweeted by @BangkokPastor clearly shows what is wrong with traffic in Bangkok. Basically lawlessness! Half the time people do what they like and the police don’t seem to have any interest in enforcing the laws that they have.
You may think that parking illegally on the sidewalk has nothing to do with traffic problems, but it does. If the pavements in Bangkok are full with vendors selling food or with parked cars, then the pedestrians have no choice but to walk on the road. This then leads to cars having to slow down or change lanes. The same goes for illegally parked cars. Other problems include people going through red lights when their exit is not clear, queue jumping when doing u-turns, buses dropping off passengers in the middle of the road, people constantly changing lanes and motorcycles driving everywhere including in the wrong direction.
Many of #Bangkok's traffic problems are due to motorists not being scared of the police. Running red lights, parking illegally etc.— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) October 9, 2013
There is no point in making new traffic laws when most #Bangkok motorists don't obey the laws we have already. Enforce them!— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) October 9, 2013
Many politicians in the past have promised to solve Bangkok’s traffic problems. Sometimes, building overpass bridges and more skytrain routes have helped. But, as fast as the road clears, the quicker they fill up with even more cars. The government’s first time buyer’s scheme obviously didn’t help this problem.
What do you think can be done to solve the traffic problem in Bangkok?