Thailand’s national police have initiated a comprehensive investigation into a purported bribery scheme that enables cargo trucks to bypass checkpoints along the country’s highways. The police chief has issued a directive to inspectors nationwide, urging them to thoroughly probe these allegations and take decisive action against any officers found to be involved.
Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, a member of the Move Forward party (MFP), revealed that truck operators allegedly make monthly payments to police officers in exchange for special stickers that grant their vehicles unrestricted passage through checkpoints.
In response to these serious accusations, the Royal Thai Police Commissioner General has ordered the Office of Inspector General to launch a thorough investigation. This investigation will involve summoning Mr. Wiroj, representatives from the Land Transport Federation of Thailand, and highway police officers to provide their statements and shed light on the matter.
Notably, this case would mark the first instance in which the Police Complaint Review Board, established under the new National Police Act, will be tasked with processing and evaluating the allegations. The board comprises officials from the ombudsman office, judges, attorneys, lawyers, police commanders, representatives from local communities, and officers from the police’s Office of Inspector General.
Upon reaching a conclusion, the board will outline appropriate and transparent punishments, which will be promptly forwarded to the supervisors of any implicated officers for immediate action. The entire board review process is anticipated to take approximately 15 days, during which thorough examination and deliberation will be conducted.