Prime Minister Prayut Chanocha has postponed the new regulations prohibiting passengers from riding in the cargo bed of pickup trucks and in the rear of extended pickups, until after Songkran, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.–
Assistant Police Commissioner General, Pol Lt Gen Wittaya Prayongpan, said the postponement was to minimise the impact on the public.
Police and related agencies will spend 15 days explaining the bans and the rules will be enforced and fines will be handed out after Songkran.
The new rule, which was to be officially enforced on Wednesday, was heavily criticised. It authorised police to impose fines ranging from Bt100 to Bt500 on violators.
But, as the junta’s orders came into effect on Wednesday, people on social media expressed their feelings on the new controls.
The new regulations require all car and truck passengers to wear seat belts and prohibit passengers from riding in the back, or cargo bed, of pickup trucks.
Some took advantage of social media to complain and some popular Facebook pages published doctored photos to poke fun at the ‘overly strict’ rules. Mor Lab Panda (https://www.facebook.com/MTlikesara/) and Phra Maha Paivan Vannabutr (https://www.facebook.com/PhramahaPaivan) posted doctored pictures of themselves sitting on a truck hood, speculating that some people might have to resort to that to get around.