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Party leader wants traffic fines reduced to stop corruption

Party leader wants traffic fines reduced to stop corruption

BANGKOK: Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, a list MP and leader of the Thai Civilised Party, said he is gathering signatures to support a bill to amend the Land Traffic Act and reduce the size of the new range of fines, which are too high and conducive to corruption.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 7 September 2022, 12:15PM


A traffic officer views monitors showing motorists changing lanes in restricted zones, in a control room at Metropolitan Police Division 2, before deciding whether to issue the driver a ticket. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

A traffic officer views monitors showing motorists changing lanes in restricted zones, in a control room at Metropolitan Police Division 2, before deciding whether to issue the driver a ticket. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

The Land Traffic Act was recently amended to increase fines for traffic violations, reports the Bangkok Post. The steep new fines were to take effect from Sept 5 but have been put on hold for three months.

Mr Mongkolkit said the new fines were too high. For example, the fine for exceeding the speed limit has increased from B500 to B4,000; traffic light violations from B500 to B4,000; and not wearing a motorcycle safety helmet from B400 to B2,000.

Money collected from the fines would be shared among agencies - local administrations, the central government and traffic police - and used to pay informants for information leading to the arrest of traffic violators.

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Mr Mongkolkit said he had not believed Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha would do this “horrible thing” to the people before he was suspended from duty as prime minister by the Constitution Court. He said this was an act of oppression.

“The increase in the fines only serves to condone corruption. I agree with the points deduction and suspension of driving licences, but not with the steep fines. I believe most opposition MPs do not agree with the amendment, which was proposed by the government,” he said.

“So, to help the people, I will gather the signatures of up to 20 MPs to propose a bill to amend the Land Traffic Act to lower the fines to no more than the minimum wage,” he said. “The sharing of money from the fines would be left out, but the points deductions would remain.”

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maverick | 08 September 2022 - 11:32:08

JohnC@ and paying decent salaries and making it clear that corrupt behavior will result in immediate dismissal

JohnC | 08 September 2022 - 10:19:39

It is not the increased fines that make it conductive to corruption. It is the standard of people accepted into the prestigious ranks of the RTP. Since promotion usually means buying the position this is where the main problems with the system starts. Try promoting people on merit rather than how much they are willing to pay to get the place.

Kurt | 08 September 2022 - 10:00:32

Wow,that was yesterday the nicest joke of the Thai day. ...."To stop corruption"......  Hahaha.

Old guy | 07 September 2022 - 15:40:30

OR, correct cops could be locked up.  Oops, sorry, I don't know what I was thinking! 

Fascinated | 07 September 2022 - 12:41:31

The 'horrible thing' is the pitiful current fines that act as no deterrent whatsoever. Is this guy actually on the same planet as the rest of us? Hitting people in the wallet is the only way to get the message through. He does't actually quantify how this would stop the ongoing corruption that already exists. 'One ticket for the book, one ticket for me. One ticket for the book, one...

Nasa12 | 07 September 2022 - 12:29:45

Why they don’t writing about how they split the fines in %. Local Police get 60%(why) - local administration get 35% and central government get 5%. 

 

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