BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Transport has offered free vehicle checkup services nationwide, in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents, ahead of the New Year holiday period.

According to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, the campaign is in effect from now until the end of the month, with about 2,300 ad hoc kiosks being erected throughout the Kingdom.

It is expected that the move will help reduce the number of road accidents during the long end-of-year holiday season by reducing vehicle malfunctions.

Minister Saksayam elaborated that officials will go through a motor maintenance checklist, such as oil and coolant levels, tire pressure and tread depth, headlights, turn signals, break and parking lights. He further pointed out that the free maintenance kiosks will display a clear sign indicating the availability of the service.

Additionally, the Office of Vocational Education Commission will deploy a number of their mechanic students at another 259 spots, along some of the busiest roads across the nation, to provide similar services.

Saksayam also warned motorists against speeding, saying officials will establish checkpoints to monitor traffic on Bangkok’s several in-bound and out-bound routes, while adding that a 24-hour traffic center will be established to facilitate traffic flow during the period.

A large number of people, especially in the capital, traditionally return to their province of origin or take a trip during the New Year holiday period.

National News Bureau Of Thailand