City Hall offers cash reward for reporting abandoned car

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City hall workers and police towed an abandoned car on a street in Chatuchak district on Wednesday. (Photo by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration)

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is offering a cash reward for reporting abandoned vehicles in an attempt to reduce traffic jams.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said on Wednesday reports of cars left for long periods of time on the streets or in public places would be rewarded with half the fine paid by the owner – up to 5,000 baht.

If the owner cannot be found, City Hall will post a notice on the car – and if it is not claimed after 15 days, it will be towed to a designated location pending payment of the fine. If it is still unclaimed, it will be auctioned off.

The BMA has already identified 526 abandoned cars, including 333 withdrawn by owners and the rest towed by authorities.

Impounded vehicles will be kept in parks provided by district offices, as the BMA lacks space to store them. It only has two tow trucks for the operation.

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