Authorities Debunk Congestion Charge Claim on Spoof News Website

 | Thu 9 Oct 2014 21:49 ICT

CityNews – Local authorities in Chiang Mai have denied claims on a satirical website that they are planning to introduce a congestion charge on Nimmanhaemin Road.

Local authorities have denied plans to impose a congestion charge in Nimmanhaemin Road.

Around the Moat published a spoof story last month saying that Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn planned to implement a charge of 50 a day for cars to drive on the busy road. This followed a recent visit to the UK, where was he inspired by the congestion charge imposed on drivers in London, it said.

The ‘news’ sparked consternation among some living nearby, with one residents’ association saying it thought the initiative would fail as it was being implemented without the cooperation of local people.

Another resident, Assistant Professor Pranom Tansukanun of Chiang Mai University, told CityNews that a congestion charge might not work without proper research and planning.

However, Deputy Mayor of Chiang Mai Chatree Chuemanochan debunked the story. He said the area comes under the responsibility of the Department of Highways rather the local authority, which had not even discussed the idea.