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11 Million Use Public Transport Over 4-Day Weekend, Up 2.1%

455 people driving themselves killed on roads Nov. 18-22

Bangkok bus stations were jammed over Nov. 18-22 holiday period with nearly 11 million passengers.
Bangkok bus and train stations were jammed over Nov. 18-22 holiday period with nearly 11 million passengers.

Nearly 11 million people used public transportation to and from Bangkok over the long weekend, the Transport Ministry said Tuesday.

Chayatham Phromsorn, permanent secretary for transport, said, in all, 14 million vehicles – 13 million of them privately owned – hit the highways during the government-created holiday Nov. 18-22.

Public-transport use increased 2.1 percent, more than expected, he said, with 35.3 percent of the buses and vans leaving Bangkok.

Chayatham said there were 455 traffic accidents during the period with 82 people killed and 466 injured. Most accidents resulted from violations of speed limits. The most accidents, 27, happened in Chonburi Province.

Of all the nationwide accidents, 153 involved motorcycles and killed 47 people while injuring 165. Lamphun and Nonthaburi saw the most motorcycle accidents with 11 each.

In addition, five accidents happened to public transport vehicles, 13 others to trucks and three more to trains. Ten people were killed and 22 others were injured in the accidents involving the three kinds of vehicles.

Chayatham said transport operators cooperated well with Covid-19 control measures during the extended weekend.