Police repeat restrictions for Pattaya underpass
On Tuesday August 29th, the head of Pattaya police held a press conference to highlight the restrictions to using the new underpass, which only recently opened.
He said that the restrictions were in place for the safety of the people using the underpass, and that heavy fines would be made should the rules be broken.
At the moment, restricted vehicles include motorbikes, tuk tuks, bicycles, and vehicles carrying dangerous goods.
The restrictions are, in fact, there for a good reason too. So far, the extractor fans inside the tunnel, which are there to get rid of all the emission gasses from the high volume of vehicles using the tunnel are not working.
Gas levels were recently tested and results came back confirming that gas levels were well above what would be classed as “safe to breath”.
Work has started already trying to fix the problem, in fact, at around 9pm on Tuesday night, the inside lane heading towards Bangkok was blocked off, and work crews were busy operating on the fans.
Engineers hope that the problem will be fixed in the very near future, but until then, police have urged people to stick to the rules for their own safety, as well as avoiding any fines that will be thrown their way.
An announcement is expected in the next couple of days regarding the progress of the work.