Saksayam Backs Down Over Mandatory GPS In Private Vehicles

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Thailand’s Ministry of Transport has backed down over plans to mandate that all private cars and motorcycles be equipped with GPS devices, pending further study on real-time connectivity with the database of the Land Transport Department and the costs of that connectivity.

 

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said today (Monday) that, initially, the installation of GPS systems in private cars and motorcycles will be voluntary and the Land Transport Department has been instructed to conduct a further study into related issues, such as the introduction of code numbers for the privacy of vehicle owners equipped with the proposed GPS system.

 

He claimed that modern GPS systems could help reduce road accidents by alerting drivers of the safe distance between their cars and the vehicles in front of them, and could prevent car theft while enabling owners to keep track of their vehicles’ location.

 

(Source: – Thai PBS)

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