Over 53 percent of the respondents in an opinion survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll do not believe that the police proposal to steeply increase fines and imprisonment on drivers without driving licenses will not solve traffic problem.
They say the police proposal doesn't address the root cause of the problem and blame the chronic traffic jam on lack of discipline and carelessness of drivers, poor public transport service that forced people to resort to private cars.
The police proposal calls for a five-fold increase of fine for drivers without driving license or who do not carry driving license while driving to a maximum of 50,000 baht, and an imprisonment of up to three months instead of just one month as it is now.
Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit University gauged the opinions of 1,132 people of different occupations during August 22-25 about traffic problem in Bangkok and about the order by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for relevant agencies to come up with plans to solve the notorious traffic problem in the city.
The poll found that 55.03 percent of the people doubt that the government will be able to solve traffic problem in Bangkok and its peripherals compared to 22 percent who expect the government to be successful, citing the fact that the prime minister has the special power under Section 44 of the interim constitution.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)