Motor Expo 2018 to unveil new models by 60 brands
Bangkok - Over 60 carmakers will unveil new
vehicles at Motor Expo 2018 this year, with preorder sales expected to
exceed 55 billion baht.
Motor Expo 2018 focuses on showcasing high-tech motor
vehicles that provide convenience and safety features, while delivering a
satisfying driving experience for car enthusiasts.
Highlights include concept cars of the future equipped
with AI-driven safety features and accessories, such as the Mercedes-Benz
Concept EQA, Mazda Vision Concept, MG E-Motion Concept, and MINI John Cooper
Works GP Concept.
The event expects 1.5 million people to attend, and as
many as 45,000 cars and 8,000 motorcycles in preorders worth over 55 billion
baht. The forecast would send car sales for 2019 to more than one million
The Motor Expo 2018 will be open to the public from
November 29th to December 10th this year at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.
HM King bestows Bike Un Ai Rak t-shirts
Bangkok - His Majesty King Maha
Vajiralongkorn has graciously bestowed t-shirts and drinking water for the
benefit of participants of the Bike Un Ai Rak event.
The ceremony was held Thursday at the
606 Building of the Royal Household Bureau in Sanam Suea Pa. Presiding over
the dedication ceremony on behalf of His Majesty the King was ACM Satitpong
Sukvimol, the Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau and Lord
The Supreme Commander, Permanent
Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and Governors from all 76 provinces
of the Kingdom received the t-shirts, which will be distributed to the
participants in the nation-wide biking event which will take place on
Cyclists can collect their t-shirt at
the time and place nominated by the registering official of their respective
His Majesty personally designed the
t-shirt. It has the text “BIKER” printed on the front with a backdrop of the
hand-drawn logo of the ‘Love and Warmth at Winter’ End, the River of
Rattanakosin’ festival, and the signature of His Majesty.
According to data from the Interior
Ministry, Nakhon Ratchasima has the highest number of registrants at 25,517,
followed by Udon Thani at 21,058 and Sakon Nakhon at 18,751.
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BMA to increase fine for motorbikes riding on footpaths
Bangkok - The Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will increase the fine for motorbikes
riding on walkways from 500 baht to 1,000 baht, as the problem continues to
persist. From December onwards, BMA officials will be authorized to enforce
the new fine without having to give violators a warning.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Sakonthee
Phatthiyakul reiterated the BMA’s determination to return public areas to
the public. He explained the reason behind the ramping up of the regulation,
saying the problem of motorbikes riding on footpaths persists despite the
ban, which was issued in July last year. The problem became more apparent
after a student was hit by a motorbike while she was walking on Soi Lad Prao
The Governor admitted that the BMA is
understaffed to monitor all walkways in 50 districts but has resolved to
increase the number of checkpoints to 230 from the previous 115 to deal with
According to the BMA’s record, Wang
Thong Lang District has the highest number of violators, followed by Suan
Laung, Lad Krabang , and Wattana districts.
The violators cited heavy traffic and
long distances to make a U-turn as the most common reasons for them breaking
Pedestrians have submitted more than
10,000 pictures of violators to the BMA since July and the the BMA has
collected a total of 4 million baht in fines.
Ayutthaya World Heritage celebration scheduled during 7-16 December
Ayutthaya - The Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) plans to celebrate Ayutthaya World Heritage from 7-16
December 2018 at the Ayutthaya historical park.
Deputy TAT Governor for Domestic Marketing Noppadon
Pakprot said the agency has joined hands with Ayutthaya province,
government agencies, and private companies to organize the event, which
will be held for the 27th time. It is aimed to promote tourism in the
central province, as well as conserve national heritages such as art,
culture, and attire.
Visitors are encouraged to wear Thai costumes and
view features including a lighting system to illuminate ancient temples
and buildings. Shuttle vans will be available to guide visitors through
the historical park. Admission is free and the festivities run from 4.00
p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
The event will also feature parades, performances,
markets, walking streets, and the sales of OTOP items at affordable
Event organizers are expecting the number of
visitors to rise by 10 percent from 300,000 visitors last year, and to
generate some 400 million baht in cash.