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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 units.

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 Chamberlain.

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 December 9.

Cyclists can collect their t-shirt at the time and place nominated by the registering official of their respective racing venue.

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 69.

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 the problem.

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 the law.

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 prices.

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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Motor Expo 2018 to unveil new models by 60 brands

HM King bestows Bike Un Ai Rak t-shirts

BMA to increase fine for motorbikes riding on footpaths

Ayutthaya World Heritage celebration scheduled during 7-16 December