BANGKOK – The Ministry of Transport has unveiled 60 new vans to replace decommissioned ones, making sure that public transport services continue without a hitch.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith presided over a ceremony marking the release of 60 new vans. Van operators are required by law to retire vehicles that are 10 years or older.
There are currently 110 new vans in Bangkok and its vicinity. The Ministry of Transport is determined to replace the remaining 844 decommissioned vans in the near future. Van operators, whose vehicles are going to reach the 10-year mark between 2019 and 2028, must replace their vehicles with 21-seat microbuses if they wish to continue their service.
Those struggling financially are able to apply for a low-interest loan at the one-stop service center of the Department of Land Transport. The center was established as a joint venture between the Department of Land Transport, Transport Co. Ltd, Krung Thai Bank and the Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation.
By Nuppol Suvansombut