In a recent interview with a local newspaper, the CEO of the Thailand Road Transport Organization (THTPO) suggested the road transport agency is preparing for a possible shutdown in the coming weeks.
“The government is not planning to allow us to open our roads, but it will open our roadways if they allow us.
The government will only allow us with a minimum of delays,” Thitpong Thammorawong said in the interview.
While he said the government is planning to close the roads by mid-April, THTPO CEO Chaiyoon Phulayakul told TechCrunch he hopes it will be before the end of June.
Thitpongs road transport director is expected to be appointed as the new director of the road transportation agency in mid-June.
In the meantime, the THTTO will maintain road transport services in the region, while the agency is negotiating with the government to reopen some of its roads.
Currently, the road agency operates the major road routes between Phuket and the main cities of Bangkok and Siem Reap, as well as the main roads between the two islands.
Thitps main focus is to operate the main road networks in Siem Reac and Bangkok.
But its major road network stretches from Phukets border point to the capital, Bangkok, and covers more than 10,000 km.
The agency is planning more than 100,000km of road construction projects, including the completion of more than 300 kilometres of road.
However, the agency has said it will continue operating the main highways, even if the government closes the main highway system.
As for the shutdown, the government has announced a toll road closure in Phukethon, where Thitps road transport system is based, in order to accommodate the influx of foreign tourists, including from Southeast Asia.
The toll road closures will take effect from July 7, according to the THTCO.
More to come.