BANGKOK -- Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has urged police to ease the road congestion caused by the royal family's motorcades, which add to the difficulty of navigating the traffic-plagued capital.
The king instructed police to cease halting traffic on the opposite side of the road as the motorcades, as well as on bridges and surrounding thoroughfares, a government spokesperson said. The royal motorcades have closed roads to general traffic across a wide area, stopping cars in both travel directions.
The move seeks to reduce traffic jams in Bangkok -- Southeast Asia's second-worst city for congestion after Jakarta, according to digital map company TomTom.
The king acknowledges the traffic congestion issue, the government spokesperson said, in addressing a source of public frustration. At one point, the #royalmotorcade hashtag became a trending topic on social media in Thailand.
These interruptions compound the strain on a transportation system that has been overwhelmed by an increase in cars.