The Thai national police chief has ordered law enforcement officers nationwide to tighten up law enforcement to curb PM2.5 dust.
The move by Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat is in line with the recent order from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that asks cooperation from relevant government agencies to curb the unhealthy PM2.5 dust problem, according to spokesman Pol. Maj. Gen. Archayon Kraithong.
He said the problem stems from various factors, such as transportation, outdoor burning, forest fires, industries, and construction. The fine dust levels were above the safe threshold of 50 microgrames per cubic meter (µg/m³) in several provinces in Thailand, so the police chief has instructed law enforcement officers to do the following:
- Increase the strictness of inspection and law enforcement against individuals who use vehicles that emit black smoke on the roads and prohibit the use of vehicles that cause pollution
- Tighten up inspection and law enforcement against industrial factory operators who cause air pollution and construction activities that cause dust.
- Inspect and enforce the law against individuals who illegally burn crops in an open area or conduct hazardous activities.
In addition to the above, the police chief, the spokesman said, also ordered local police officers to prohibit parking on main roads to prevent traffic congestion and reduce emissions of smoke and particulate matter.
Lastly, the police captain encouraged people to not drive unnecessarily and to turn off their cars’ engines when idling, and increase the use of public transportation.