BANGKOK: The city is notorious for a number of things – traffic being one of them – but a request by King Bhumibol Adulyadej is designed to alleviate at least the royal congestion.

Traffic is now forced to stop on both sides of the road and highways during police-escorted royal motorcades, and pedestrian bridges are closed, leading to traffic jams.

But the revered monarch last year instructed his office to work with state authorities to find ways to ease the congestion, resulting in a manual for traffic police that is to be published this month, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday.

Under the new rules, vehicles travelling in the opposite direction of royal motorcades would be allowed to proceed, and the period that traffic is stopped prior to the motorcade’s arrival would be shortened. People will be allowed to use pedestrian bridges up until the time the motorcades arrive.

– Sapa-dpa