Police back down, relaxing pickup bed rule

Songkran revellers reload weapons while looking for their next victims from the bed of a pickup truck on Charoen Krung Road in Bangkok on April 16, 2016. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Authorities have bowed to social pressure, agreeing to relax the ban on travelling in the cabs and beds of pickup trucks until after Songkran but the seat belts requirement is still in place.

Wednesday was the D-day for enforcing the the NCPO order banning sitting in the cabs and beds of pickup trucks.

The ban faces heavy criticism since many people use the space for travelling and waterfights during Songkran.

Police on Wednesday evening agreed to relax the ban until after Songkran but did not specify when.

In the meantime, they will resort to giving warnings instead of imposing a fine.

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