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Is it legal to carry people in the back of pickups and large trucks?

Is it legal to carry people in the back of pickups and large trucks?

Every morning I come to work on the bypass road and I see at least five pickup trucks on the road carrying full loads of migrant workers in the back.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 5 August 2015, 07:00AM


People can be seen riding in the backs of pickups and much larger trucks all over Phuket. Photo: The Phuket News

People can be seen riding in the backs of pickups and much larger trucks all over Phuket. Photo: The Phuket News

I am curious, is it legal in Thailand to have people sitting on the back of a pickup truck as a moving vehicle?

Sandy from Koh Kaew

 

It is illegal to carrying people in the back of standard pickup trucks and larger trucks. It does not matter how many people are in the back. People should use their truck to transport things, not people.

QSI International School Phuket

However, it is legal if the vehicle has been legally modified to safely transport people, such as tuk-tuks and songtaew (local buses).

Please note that according to Section 20 of the Land Traffic Act 1979: “A driver is responsible for not letting his passengers, animals, or loads to fall, leak, give out smell, reflect light, etc, which may cause harm or danger to the public.”

The penalty for breaching this section is a fine of B500, but the fine can be much more if the driver is involved in an accident or causes injury to the passengers.

Lt Col Theerawat Liamsuwan, Deputy Superintendent of Traffic Police Division of the Phuket City Police.

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hartmut | 07 August 2015 - 17:30:06

followed a small pick-up truck with 17 people standing in the trucks bed from the underpass construction to the airport. drove by several police but no action but it was raining so can not blame police.

Richard Vickers | 05 August 2015 - 11:45:09

Exactly part of the problem...a 500 baht fine. Add to this the fact that police don't do their jobs, but just review CCTV pics after the fact to "investigate" why there were bodies scattered across the highway. It is always "brakes failed, the rain caused it, someones cut them off..etc"... it is never "the driver was driving like a reckless a-hole and had no concern fo...

 

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