Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thai Freight Trucks Asked to Stop Running for Songkran

Government Makes Request over Safety Concerns
Shipping News Feature
THAILAND – Road freight hauliers in the Kingdom of Thailand have been asked by the Department of Land Transport (DLT) to stop operations during the upcoming festival of Songkran, which this year is scheduled to run from the 13 to the 15 of April. However, in reality the celebration normally has a major build up and runs several days past the actual holiday and so the DLT has requested that road freight suspend operations from the 11 to the 17 of this month.

Anyone who had seen the Songkran festival at first hand will know that the standard chaos that is the Thai road system can become positively lethal over the holiday period with road incidents spiking alarmingly. Every major through fare in towns and cities is generally packed with revelers celebrating the water festival and with this in mind the DLT’s request makes perfect sense and any foreign freight shippers with loads moving to and from Thailand should expect delays and backlogs.