‘Road guard’ responsibility

Do the “road guards” who stop the traffic to allow vehicles to enter and leave Central and other shopping complexes have the same authority as the police? And if they do cause an accident – as many of them seem likely to do – who will be responsible?

  • Asked on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 | 10:44 AM
    Saengrawee Saenmanee, Patong.

Road guards do not have the authority the police have, and if a guard, by his actions, causes a crash, then he is in the wrong.

In fact, road guards are committing an offence when they stop vehicles on the public highway, and drivers are under no obligation to do as they order.

However, if they are on private proprerty – a shopping centre car park, for example – they may control traffic as they wish.

  • Answered on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 | 10:44 AM
    Pol Lt Col Jirasak Siamsak, Inspector of Traffic Police at Phuket City Police Station.
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