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Car free day set for Bangkok to reduce traffic congestion, pollution

Published: September 12, 2019 17:09:35 | Updated: September 21, 2019 20:38:42

Car free day set for Bangkok to reduce traffic congestion, pollution

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Wednesday announced it will organise Bangkok Car Free Day 2019 to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and save energy on Sept 22.

Deputy Bangkok Governor, Sakoltee Phattiyakul told a press conference on Wednesday here that the event will coincide with the World Car Free Day.

The events are held in many countries to encourage motorists to give up their cars for a day and to use public transportation, said Sakoltee.

It is essential that the BMA holds a car free day as Bangkok faces severe traffic problems, he said.

"The City Hall has mapped out traffic and transportation planning to serve the high number of commuters in the capital," said Sakoltee, "however Bangkok is still filled with cars."

He said many big cities around the world have developed transportation system and successfully solve traffic woes.

Other than urging residents in Bangkok to use public transportation over personal cars, the BMA encourages people to ride bicycles.

BMA hopes that the Bangkok Car Free Day campaign will see some motorists to change their travel mode choice to reduce the use of fuel and to decrease the impact of global warming.

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