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Patong police issue electric scooter warning

Patong police issue electric scooter warning

PHUKET: Patong police have issued a warning after a series of online complaints led to four tourists being charged for riding unregistered electric scooters in the area.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 19 February 2022, 04:23PM

Several complaints had been lodged via social media channels that people riding electric scooters in the area around the Thanthip Beach Resort near Chaloemphrakiat Road in Patong had been posing a threat to the safety of pedestrians and fellow road users due to inconsiderate and reckless driving.

The complaints alerted police who acted last Wednesday in a campaign led by Pol Col Sujin Nilabadee, Patong Police Superintendent, and Pol Lt. Col. Preecha Baringpatanakul, Deputy Superintendent of Patong Police Station.

One tourist was stopped near the Police Booth Rat U-Thit on Pee Road around 6:30pm last Wednesday with three others later apprehended, two on Bangla Road.

It emerged that in addition to posing a hazardous threat to the safety of people in the area, the scooters that the tourists were riding were unregistered and none of the riders were able to provide any form of documentation relating to the vehicles.

The tourists, whose identity and nationalites were not disclosed by police, were charged with using an unregistered and untaxed vehicle. The scooters were seized and taken to Patong Police Station where an investigation will be conducted to identify the origins and owners, who would be charged in due course.

This prompted police to issue a general warning that anyone caught riding an unregistered vehicle would be liable to be charged and fined, although the exact amount was not specififed.

They also urged anyone riding electric scooters to be more mindful of those around them to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads and pavements in the area.

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Kurt | 21 February 2022 - 12:23:37

A step is not mentioned in Thai traffic laws. So confiscating/fining is not legal. The police just for own convinience bend the 'law' by calling wrongly a step a scooter. So they can fine ( get their fine commissions) and confisgate. This whole thing is not right. Not even in a country with 'rubber laws'. Bad PR for RTP.

Kurt | 21 February 2022 - 08:58:19

It is not a electric scooter! It is a electric step. In many countries some kind of steps  not allowed on public roads. In Europe a fine for illegal electric stepping on the public road is 360 Euro.

PlasticJim | 20 February 2022 - 10:01:04

Sure no nothing to do with fact that people who rent these scooters are not using rip off patong taxi's or tuk tuk's and flow of money in to many pocket is less?? I know country's where these scooters are license,tax and registration free vechiles. 

JohnC | 20 February 2022 - 09:19:32

How ridiculous is this. Electric scooters are no more hazardous than the petrol guzzling versions which plague Phuket's roads. How about telling every local riding any type of bike or scooter to be more mindful of everyone else around them. Every young Thai male rides recklessly and has no consideration for anyone else on the roads. Try arresting them for a change!

Timothy | 20 February 2022 - 08:49:07

Another scam in operation. Now they are renting out scooters to people, and then fine them for riding scooters. There is no way that these should even be allowed to be rented out, but I saw several rental stations similar to those bicycle rentals some years back. How were they allowed? Totally unsafe on the "sidewalks" or the roadways. 

Nasa12 | 20 February 2022 - 08:45:30

Hope PN can take a trip outside Chalong police station and take a look at the pavement, full of police cars/ motorcycle ++. This police station have no respect for people walking on the pavement. Last day ther was 2 old Turist one sitting in wheelchair and they most us the road about 300 meters.  And yes a help them to walk safely to julapan bookshop. 

zib | 20 February 2022 - 08:13:37

Will be interesting when these police read the law and see that no registration is required.


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