Thailand’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) decided yesterday to adopt Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to reduce speeding violations and enhance traffic safety.
The RFID system will transmit signals from speed cameras to the control rooms of the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT). This information about speeding vehicles will then be transferred and forwarded automatically to Highway Police’s command and control centre for stopping speeding vehicles promptly, said Sorasak Saensombat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of MOT.
The MOT expects to finish the RFID installation by end of this year.
Apart from RFID technology, the MOT will also carpet main roads, highways, and motorways with speed camera detectors that would be able to detect all kinds of vehicles including personal cars, public buses, vans, and trucks to leverage its road safety system. Previously, public transport was not included in the speed monitoring scheme.
The new cameras will be installed at 20-kilometre intervals and operate 24/7. Dummy cameras will also be installed to alert speed motorists. Vehicles that break the speed limit will be reported to Department of Land Transport to suspend the vehicle permit and reject the vehicle registration renewal.
“We will finalise the total units of speed camera detectors and budget required by end of July, and the project can start within two months,” Saensombat said.
According to him, the MOT will initially seek budget from Road Safety Fund, and Inter City Motorway Division, Department of Highways. Also, the Ministry has agreed with Royal Thai Police to share 20 per cent of the traffic violation fine in order to fund this project and buy more speed cameras to cover more areas as well as to cover the maintenance cost.
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